CHARLOTTE — DeMar DeRozan is done with the slam dunk contest unless artistry starts trumping gimmicks again.
DeRozan lost on Saturday night to Blake Griffin, who jumped over a car and multiple-ball dunks and teddy bears were also part of the show.
“I’m a dunker. A dunk contest you go out there and dunk. I’m not really into all the props and everything,” DeRozan said before the Raptors took on the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.
“I try to come up with a creative dunk and do it and go from there. My fans liked it and you can see the reaction from a lot of people afterwards. If there’s a dunk contest next year I’ll do it, but not no prop contest.”
When asked if he got robbed, DeRozan responded: “I think so. I at least could have made it to the final round. I wish I could have shown my other dunks as well but maybe (I’ll) save that for another time.”
DeRozan said he would take part again if the dunk contest comes to Toronto.
“Last year I kind of winged the dunk contest, I didn’t really practice. This year I put thought into it, had dunks ready and everything. It is what it is. I did it two years in a row, I’m good.”
“Not unless they change it,” he said.
“Ain’t no telling how it’s going to be next year, somebody could use a trampoline. You never know.”