May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) reacts during the third quarter in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes wants to be in Slam Dunk Contest


For years, the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest was the All-Star Weekend attraction. It was the event that everybody looked forward to – the event where a superstar’s light could shine even brighter than normal.

But then the NBA changed the rules to only allow younger talent in the contest and the dunks became repetitive, especially when players were given five, ten or even fifteen attempts to replicate the dunk the missed the previous fourteen times.

Hoping to change things up though is Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes, who told the Warriors’ Twitter account he’d like to participate in the event this season:

@HBarnes on the Slam Dunk Contest, “I guess I didn’t have the resume last year, hopefully I can be in it this year.”

Barnes isn’t a huge in-game dunker and is by no means flashy, but he’s been known to throw down some incredibly impressive slams during practice and warmups, so he could make a solid participant if allowed.

The second year forward is expected to come off the bench behind Andre Iguodala this year, though should still play heavy minutes.

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