TNT analyst Kevin McHale says Oklahoma City Thunder center Serge Ibaka will need some help from his dunking coach, Thunder star Kevin Durant, to have any chance to beat Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin in the slam dunk contest Saturday night.
“I think that Serge's one chance is on his last dunk,” McHale said. “Kevin Durant takes off his jersey — he has a Superman shirt underneath it — and he dunks it. I will vote for that.
“Other than that, watching some of the dunks that Blake has made this year in a game is just ridiculous, and he's throwing the ball in. I can't imagine what this guy is going to do when he gets all hyped up in front of the LA crowd and has an opportunity to go out there when no one else is around and dunk. He does All-Star ‘10' dunks during the game when there are people around.”
TNT analyst Steve Kerr agreed with McHale that Griffin should dominate the competition.
“Barring a disaster, Griffin is going to run away with this thing,” he said. “He's so exciting, maybe the most exciting player to come into the league since 2003 draft with LeBron (James) and Carmelo (Anthony). He's been phenomenal and he's already established himself as the best dunker in the league. It's an uphill climb for everybody else in that contest.”
Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley and Cheryl Miller will cover the dunk competition. TNT's coverage of the skills competition begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, and it will be preceded by “The Lost Dunks” at 6 p.m.
The network will air the Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam at 8 p.m. Friday with announcers Kevin Harlan, Chris Webber and Craig Sager. Marv Albert, Kerr and Miller will call the All-Star Game at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.