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NBA TV to air Dunk-a-thon today

VIDEO: Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan remember the 1988 Dunk Contest

HANG TIME BIG CITY — With just one NBA game remaining on the schedule before All-Star Weekend gets underway, NBA TV will spend today (Thursday, February 12) celebrating some of the most exciting moments of All-Star Weekends past.

NBA TV’s Dunk-a-thon begins at 10 a.m. ET. The network will air a marathon of thirty different dunk contests, with the lone interruption being a live look at practice for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge participants from New York City. The marathon will begin with the 1976 ABA Dunk Contest and go all the way through last year’s competition from New Orleans.

Of course, this will include some amazing showdowns. For instance…

1986 (airing at 11:00 a.m. ET) — Though Nate Robinson would represent for the little guys years later, in his hometown of Dallas in ’86, 5-6 Hawks guard Spud Webb shocked the world with his high-flying performance.

1988 (airing at Noon ET) — Dominique Wilkins was always a spectacular dunker, and the 1988 contest may have been his best all-around Dunk Contest performance. He ended up losing this one to Michael Jordan. It was held in Chicago. Just saying…

1993 (airing at 2:30 p.m. ET) — One of the more overlooked dunk contests, but Miami’s Harold Miner, a.k.a. Baby Jordan, had an outstanding contest this year.

2000 (airing at 7:00 p.m. ET) — Vince Carter may have made just one Slam Dunk Contest appearance, but he didn’t disappoint. VC destroyed all comers in Oakland in 2000.

2003 (airing at 8:30 p.m. ET) — An underrated competition that was eventually narrowed down to a thrilling finish between Jason Richardson and Desmond Mason.

2011 (airing at 12:30 a.m. ET) — Remember the time Blake Griffin jumped over a car? That was awesome.

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’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-NateT-Dub dunk off?