We Must Embrace the Pregame-Dunk Revolution

Rest easy, everybody. LeBron is not stopping his now-famed pregame dunk routine. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a quick primer: For the past few weeks, the Heat have been holding impromptu dunk contests before games. Because no one gets to Miami Heat games before the third quarter, LeBron’s pregame craziness hadn’t been widely circulated until early this week, when a cell phone video started making the Internet rounds.

Earlier today on Grantland, Chris Ryan posted a video from 2010 of the Orlando Magic doing something similar. The findings of that video have helped us conclude that (1) Vince Carter was once better at dunking than anyone in America is at anything, and (2) this is amazing and needs to start happening everywhere and at all times.

This year’s dunk contest was the most boring thing I’ve seen since Somewhere, but I will care far, far less about that night and the future of all dunking-related matters if this catches on. It’s hard to overstate how much I’d want to see the results of every NBA team doing this. These should, without a question, be televised (the Heat actually stream the layup line on their website; this is genius). There should be a web series devoted to them. This is the only thing that could make me sign up for Hulu Plus. You’ve already tried ruining this once, America. This is why we can’t have nice dunking things! Just let it happen. Please.

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Robert Mays is a staff writer at Grantland.

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