This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Orlando Magic basketball. The team itself will be celebrating with look backs at the team's stories history and recognition of the team's greatest players (Nick Anderson will be up next for his night Friday against the Celtics). Orlando Magic Daily loves celebrating Magic history (probably too much). And so each day this season, we will dig into Magic history a little bit and share the team's history.
Victor Oladipo intentionally/unintentionally opened up his bid to be in the 2014 NBA Slam Dunk Contest with his 360 breakaway dunk. Even though Arron Afflalo joked Oladipo should only get a three for his dunk, Oladipo said before practice Monday he would love to be in the dunk contest if the vets will allow him.
"I'd have to ask my vets and see what they think," Oladipo said of entering the dunk contest at All-Star Weekend this year. "If they say, 'Yeah,' then I'd do it.
"It wasn't all that. I've got a lot of stuff that I got to work on. I can do some type of dunks. I was in some dunk contests in my younger days. I'll ask my vets if they want me to be in it or if they will nominate me or however it works. I'll ask my vets and if they want me to do it, I'll do it."
Oladipo said he did not get so many texts congratulating him on the dunk. He was still thinking more about the seven turnovers he had in the game. However Oladipo said that it was instinct to pull the trick out of the bag. He saw no one was around him and his athleticism took over, I guess.
He certainly could put on a good show. And more Magic representation in New Orleans would be great -- I suspect Oladipo will be there with Maurice Harkless and, possibly, Andrew Nicholson for the Rising Stars Challenge.
There are some great Magic moments that have occurred in the Dunk Contest.
There was Otis Smith in the 1991 Dunk Contest. Nick Anderson in 1992. Darrell Armstrong in 1996. Dwight Howard in 2007 and 2008 and 2009. You can check out all the All-Star highlights in the Video Vault.
I am a bit behind on my Magic Memory feature so enjoy the videos of Nick, Darrell and Dwight in the Slam Dunk Contest and wonder if Victor can top them:
Darrell Armstrong (ok, maybe these are not dunk highlights)