The NBA slam dunk contest features the best dunkers in the game of basketball during All-Star Weekend. Celebrities, current and former NBA players, and other athletes come to see the dunkers put on a show.
In 1992, there was a dunk contest that did not feature NBA players but featured some other famous athletes. These athletes put on their own rendition of a dunk contest.
The 1992 Foot Locker Slam Fest
During the 1980s and 1990s, there was a dunk contest held for athletes that participated in other sports outside of the NBA. You had NFL stars, MLB stars, and even track and field athletes. Those participants came together to put on a show for the fans.
16 participants competed in the bracket-style tournament and had two opportunities to show off their best dunk. The participants used a women’s basketball, and the height of the rim was 10 feet. The 1992 Foot Locker Slam Fest had some of the top athletes in it.
Deion Sanders, Ken Griffey Jr., and Barry Bonds were just a few of the participants that headlined the contest. It was exciting for fans to see these athletes bring their skills to the basketball court. Instead of hitting home runs, or catching touchdown passes, these participants were dunking basketballs.
With people like Bonds, Griffey Jr., and Sanders in an event like this, that would instantly attract a lot of people because they were stars in the respected sport they played. Oh, and other stars participated as well, like Michael Irvin and Chris Carter.
Winner of the 1992 Foot Locker Slam Fest
It was surprising to see that Bonds, Griffey Jr., or Sanders weren’t in the final round of the contest. Instead, it was two track athletes in Mike Conley Sr. and Mike Powell. Conley is the father of current NBA player Mike Conley Jr. Both athletes were successful in track and field as Powell was a two-time world champion and record holder in the long jump, and Conley was an Olympic gold medalist in the triple jump.
In this case, the two had a chance to add a dunk contest title to their trophy case. Standing at six feet, Conley came out on top with his final dunk featuring him dunking from the free-throw line. That dunk sealed the deal as the crowd erupted, and Conley was in astonishment at what he just did.
The Foot Locker Slam Fest needs to come back
The Foot Locker Slam Fest would be a great event if it was held in the present. With the athletes nowadays, they can certainly put on a show. Just think, you would have athletes like Julio Jones, Lamar Jackson, Mookie Betts, and Aaron Judge, to name a few.
The whole concept of the dunk contest was a good idea, and it allowed other athletes from different sports to showcase their skills and talents. That is something that would be perfect in today’s era, especially with social media now. Just looking back at those contests and seeing the people participating in it lets you know that no matter what sport, athletes are always going to compete at a high-level.