2010 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Participants Revealed
The league announced a "Slam Dunk-In" last Friday, the winner of which -- either DeMar DeRozan or Eric Gordon -- would earn his way into the event. The good folks at Nike effectively leaked the name of contestant number two, when they began a contest to design a shoe for Shannon Brown to wear in the contest -- you know, just in case.
The league's collective bargaining agreement requires the previous year's champ to defend his title, so Nate Robinson as contestant number three was virtually guaranteed.
With Dwight Howard bowing out and LeBron James continuing to back off of his bold declaration from last year that he would give it a go, the fourth and final spot went to the Bobcats' Gerald Wallace.
While Brown and either DeRozan or Gordon will be first-time participants, the same can't be said for the other two contestants. Wallace appeared in the event back in 2002, and Robinson, well -- after winning in 2006 and 2009 -- he'll attempt to become the only player in history to take home a third slam dunk title.