Chase Budinger's Painfully Awkward Dialogue with P-Diddy at the NBA Slam Dunk Contest (w/ VIDEO)
The logical evolution of most things brings about positive change. This is especially true in the world of sports and entertainment. Think about anything in either of those realms which you consume, and ask yourself, "Is this experience better now than it was 25 years ago?" For almost everything, because of advancements in technology and the caliber of players, the answer is "Yes."
P Diddy, just "chillaxin'" with Chase.
I can only think of two exceptions. One is the bowl system in college football. All of the important bowls played on the same holiday (New Year's Day) with three televisions and a worn-out remote control is one thousand percent better than the way they spread out all the games in 2012. This is inarguable.
The other exception is the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star weekend.
What started as a legitimate battle for pride amongst some of the league's biggest names in 1984 has devolved into a four-man circle jerk of anonymous bit players trying to see who can select the most random stationary noun over which to complete a dunk. Heading into 2012's contest on Saturday, the random-hurdle bar had been set at a 2012 KIA, thanks to last season's winner (and one of a scant few actual relevant players to take part in the contest in the last 15 years), Blake Griffin.
Rather than figure out new ways to use their body control, flexibility and otherworldly leaping ability, players instead resort to doing the same tired dunks but in a retro jersey. (Or, in the case of Indiana's Paul George, a glow-in-the-dark jersey that made him look like a human version of those necklaces they sell at concerts for like ten bucks. You know, the ones that stay lit for like a half hour.)
This season, Chase Budinger of the Rockets added the next frivolous, nonathletic wrinkle to a dunk by engaging rapper Sean "P-Diddy" Combs in a contrived conversation about the inability of white men to elevate. These two thespians conducted their little mini play on the floor before Budinger's first dunk:
I'll admit the dunk looked pretty cool (mostly because watching a white guy elevate like that is like watching a cow literally jump over the moon) and bonus points to Bud for nailing it on his first try, but my favorite part of the whole thing was the scripted "first meeting" between Diddy and Bud. The acting was delightfully terrible, to the point that you could plunk the exchange into the middle of any porno movie and it would blend in seamlessly.
In case you missed it, here was Chase's second dunk, a pretty basic windmill slam on the first try: