The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is the perfect place for players to show off and razzle-dazzle in front of the crowd. Over the years, many players have pulled off insane dunks in the contest that left the judges and the crowd in awe of them.
One such moment was when Cedric Ceballos pulled off a dunk while being blindfolded in the 1992 Slam Dunk Contest. The former Phoenix Suns player got everyone's attention with this maneuver and deservingly took home the trophy.
Most players and fans might just applaud Ceballos' efforts, but not the two-time Slam Dunk champion Michael Jordan. Jordan was always an athletic guard and pulled off his fair share of insane dunks throughout his career.
As for Ceballos' blindfolded dunk, MJ believes there is no way, he couldn't see where he was going despite being blindfolded.
Via Slam Online.
"I think a lot of it has to do with all the dunks done without the ball,” Jordan revealed. “It’s all the bouncing; it’s not the art form with the ball. You know, back in the day when a dunk contest was a dunk contest—with myself, Dominique, you know, all those—everything was all in our hands. You know, either rocking the baby, backward, lean, take off from the free-throw line. It’s not throwing it off the backboard or throwing it up. I mean, you know damn well [laughs] that Ceballos had to see where he was going. [Laughs] Ain’t no damn way he could run down, straight down, jump up, and dunk a basketball. He had to see…he had to see where he was going. If not, he was stupid for trying it."
At first look, it seems almost impossible to pull off such a fabulous dunk without actually knowing where you are going. Many people including MJ believe that Ceballos had a small hole in his blindfold to help him see where he was going.
If that was the case, the value of Ceballos' dunk goes down, but even with a small hole, it is not an easy task to pull that dunk off.
At the end of the day, the NBA Slam Dunk Contest is for fans' enjoyment and Cedric Ceballos certainly got full marks in that department.