“The eyes will be on him a little bit because he did win the slam dunk competition,” Corbin admitted. “The pressure is on me to get him in the game now.”
Then again, Corbin said that Tuesday in Sacramento before giving Evans yet another DNP-CD (his 16th this season).
• Indiana’s Paul George thinks he should have won the dunk contest. The second-year Pacer even told the Indianapolis Star, “(Not to) take nothing away from the dunk contest, (but) it was a joke.”
But Gordon Hayward believes the rightful winner was crowned.
“I think,” the Indiana native said, “there was no question Jeremy had the best dunk of the night — easily, out of all the other dunks.”
“I think Jeremy’s second dunk was by far the best dunk of the competition,” he reiterated, “so I think he should’ve won.”
Evans’ second dunk was the one in which he leaped over Hayward while the Butler product tossed up two basketballs. Evans caught the balls mid-air and then slammed them in, showing incredible coordination, concentration and hops.
The passes from his pal weren’t bad, either.
“That’s two assists, right?” Hayward joked. “Two basketballs to the hoop. Two passes. Two assists.”
Speaking of dunks, Hayward and George:
• Remember how Earl Watson joked about being Evans’ dunk agent? Ah, the saga continues….
Watson spent time in Los Angeles with his 2-year-old daughter during the All-Star break, so he was unable to make it to the dunk competition. Turns out, the Jazz veteran was replaced by Derrick Favors as Evans’ dunk agent.
Watson moved quickly to find a new client as well.
“I’m (Alec) Burks’ agent because Jeremy fired me right before the contest. I got him in and then Favors comes in and sneaks me and steals my client. He stole him,” Watson said, smiling. “I’m still a supportive guy, though. I’ve got a new client now. We’re campaigning for the next dunk contest. T-shirts handed out soon. Viral campaign. Internet campaign.”
The rookie chimed in: “Let Burks Dunk.”
Watson continued, and the proud UCLA alumnus even took a tongue-in-cheek jab at a certain Jazz player who left Georgia Tech after his freshman season.
“We’ll be doing a lot of things that you’ve never seen before,” Watson said, speaking for Team Burks. “We still wish Jeremy Evans the best. That’s my former client. I wish him well with Derrick Favors. I just want him to know his agent stayed in college for one year.”
• Burks is definitely happy Evans’ dream came true.
“I’m hyped for him,” the rookie said. “He wanted it and he got it, so I’m hyped for him.”
Even so, the athletic 20-year-old certainly isn’t lacking in confidence when it comes to his leaping abilities. And, yes, he believes he can outdunk the champ.
“I already got him once. After practice one day, I got him,” Burks said, referring to a supposed teammate dunk contest. “He couldn’t catch up with me. I did some crazy, crazy (dunk). I’m not even going to let everybody know about it. It was crazy. If I ever get in there, I’ve got to save it.”
Highlights of the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Contest: