With his end-of-game dunk against the Toronto Raptors still on everybody’s mind, Gerald Green made it known he wants to compete in next year’s All-Star slam dunk contest. The rookie hoped to represent the Celtics in this year’s festivities in his hometown of Houston. Doc Rivers thought Green should have been in the contest this year, but noted it’s hard to compete in the NBA slam dunk contest while playing in the development league.
“I think if I would’ve gone this year, I would’ve won,” said Green. “That would have been a good match for me [with Nate Robinson and Andre Igoudala], but I think I would have pulled it off. I would have been in my hometown. If I could be invited, I would definitely go.”
If all goes as planned this summer, Green will not be returning to the development league, leaving him free for the 2007 dunk contest in Las Vegas. And that got Green thinking. While Green is not a planner when it comes to dunks, preferring to let creativity rule, he did entertain a few suggestions from reporters Thursday afternoon.
Noting that Robinson won with a cameo by Spud Webb, those suggestions included dunking over Tommy Heinsohn, dunking over Bill Russell or receiving a pass from Bob Cousy. Rivers preferred dunking over Heinsohn for the likely comedic quality. Besides, Rivers figured Russell would try to block the dunk by force of habit.
Green could always use a dunk from his vast repertoire. In the McDonald’s All-American game dunk contest, Green bounced a ball off the shot clock after seeing the move in a video game.
“If you’re creative, it would go a long way,” said Green. “Hopefully, I get invited next year. If I get in there, I don’t know what I’ll do.”