While ESPN is promoting a H-O-R-S-E contest beginning on Sunday, involving both current and former NBA and WNBA players, here’s why having another dunk contest would really peak fan interest.
With Chicago Bulls basketball suffering like the rest of sports during this time of uncertainty, one thing that is for certain is the NBA and WNBA have worked together in promoting a good, old-fashioned H-O-R-S-E competition to give die-hard basketball fans something fun and exciting to watch, starting on Sunday.
Having this ESPN televised event is a solid strategy to continue to promote basketball and its professional athletes during this time of quarantine. There are some intriguing participates in this event competing against one another: Chicago Bulls’ very own Zach LaVine, Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, Mike Conley Jr., Trae Young, WNBA legend Tamika Catchings, and Chicago Sky’s Allie Quigley.
While this event is likely to draw in plenty of viewers and positive fan reaction from all over, what would no doubt be even more intriguing is if the NBA and WNBA participated together in a dunk contest in the upcoming weeks.
Would you a fan, rather see people playing a game of HORSE, or competing in a competitive, entertaining, rim-shattering dunk-off? So many fans tune into the NBA All-Star Weekend show to see who is going to prevail in the Dunk Contest, as opposed to the three-point contest or skills challenge. Those other contests, including a game of HORSE, are entertaining to watch in their own respective aspects, but everyone knows that the Dunk Contest is the main event.
Imagine watching Zach LaVine, Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, LeBron James, and other breathtaking dunkers who didn’t participate in February’s Dunk Contest compete against one another in an upcoming Dunk Contest that ESPN and other major sports networks can televise. Throw in a WNBA star like Brittney Griner in the competition as well and there’s no doubt this event would be must-see TV, if it hadn’t been already.
No one knows how long it will actually be before players and teams of all sports can get back to doing what they all love. In the meantime, there’s plenty of opportunity available to make another Dunk Contest possible, while effectively continuing to promote the NBA, WNBA, and all of their players in the process.
Let’s hope this becomes a reality, because it’d be a win-win for all parties involves, and even more importantly, for fans of all sports.