Spud Webb to judge dunk contest

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Via ESPNDallas.com, 1986 Dunk Contest champion Spud Webb will judge this year’s dunk contest. Webb was recently involved in the dunk contest when Robinson jumped over Spud in 2006 on his way to a controversial win over Andre Iguodala. 

The 5-9 Robinson is looking for his third dunk contest championship after pulling off an upset of Dwight Howard in the finals of last year’s contest. That the 5-7 Webb will be judging could be seen as an advantage for Nate, but Spud doesn’t want to see any of the prop dunks that have helped Nate win his first two titles. In a statement, Webb said: “I expect Nate not to use props this time. I hope to see some new dunks, otherwise I may have to go put some shorts on and see if I have any springs left in these legs.”

Many fans feel that the novelty of seeing Robinson’s amazing hops has worn off, and that he must have exhausted his repertoire of dunks by this point. If Webb doesn’t want to see any more glitz and glam from Nate, he could have a very tough time capturing a third title. 

Watch Kobe Bryant’s entire retirement-announcement press conference (video)

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Kobe Bryant reflected, told stories and showed his emotions.

For nearly 25 minutes, the Lakers star talked about his pending retirement. It was pretty cool.

Report: Wizards signing Ryan Hollins

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Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.

Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.

So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.

So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?

Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.

Dwight Howard crushes Kristaps Porzingis with dunk (video)

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Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.