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Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown: Vote!

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The polls are still open but time is running out for you to vote in this summer’s Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown.

You have until Friday to get your votes in (and you can vote as often as you’d like) for the 10 semifinalists, who were already announced and highlighted here at the Hideout last month.

We’re trying to identify the best dunkers in the land by trimming that list of semifinalists to four finalists. The winner earns the title as the best amateur dunker in the nation, a lofty title by most anyone’s standard.

(Do you really think dunk legends like Dominique Wilkins and Darryl Dawkins would be involved if this wasn’t serious business?)

That’s why we have to admit to being more than just a little amped up about this summer’s Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown. Now it’s up to us, the dunk-loving public, to pick the four finalists chasing the crown of the best amateur dunker in the land.

Without a summer league to speak of and no highlights to be found, the work these semifinalists have put in is the best elixir for those of us in need of a high-flying/acrobatic dunk cure. So check them out and vote so we can watch them square off for the title in Orlando during All-Star Weekend.

And for the record, if Zach “Jonsey” Jones and Brandon “Werm” Lacue don’t make the top four, we’ll be petitioning the good folks Sprite for a recount.

Remember, the polls close Aug. 12, so hurry up and vote.

Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Every single time there is a slam dunk competition in the NBA all we hear about is how it could have been better or what someone should have done.

It’s strange, you never hear that about dunk contests that take place on the black top (mostly because there isn’t a more organic form of basketball expression available than a good streetball dunk contest).

That’s why we have to admit to being more than just a little amped up about this summer’s Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown. The 10 semifinalists have been announced and the powers that be are asking that we, the dunk loving public, pick the four finalists chasing the crown of the best amateur dunker in the land.

And just so we are clear that there is no funny business going on, Kiwan “Smooth” Smith is not related and will not receive preferential treatment here at the hideout because he has the right last name.

The polls close Aug. 12, but you can vote as often as you’d like.

T-Dub’s Got Bounce!

LOS ANGELES – Get ready to add another item to your 2011 All-Star Weekend to-do list.

Friday night’s Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown will feature a competitor that could win Saturday night’s Sprite Slam Dunk Contest if we could get him added to the field.

Seriously, you have to see Terry Cournoyea, a 5-foot-9 jumping jack from Minneapolis with a jaw-dropping 53-inch vertical (I’m not challenging it either after watching “T-Dub” in action).

We got a chance to witness his movement, courtesy of HT’s main man and Timberwolves.com’s Jonah Ballow:

As flashy and phenomenal as they’ve both been during their turns as slam dunk champions, neither Nate Robinson nor Spud Webb has or had bounce like T-Dub.

In fact, who’s up for a Krypto-Nate-T-Dub dunk off?