Dwyane Wade received a lot of criticism after he helped pick Derrick Jones Jr. as winner of the 2020 NBA Slam Dunk Contest instead of Aaron Gordon.
One of the last people to throw a jab at Wade about it was Steph Curry during an Instagram Live session. In that session, Steph revealed that he lost to his younger brother Seth Curry who beat him at an Instagram Live NBA trivia game.
“The game show is officially over,” said Steph in the clip that surfaced on Monday, April 6. “Seth Curry with the win. Is this like when D. Wade gave Derrick Jones the Dunk [contest]? No, it ain’t like that. Maybe it is.”
The reason that many said Gordon was robbed after Jones was named the victor is because Gordon pulled out an ultra impressive dunk in the final round. The men’s last dunks decided who won.
When it was Gordon’s turn, he dunked by leaping over the 7’5″ Tacko Fall, who plays for the Boston Celtics.
Plus, adding an extra degree of difficulty, Gordon placed the ball in Fall’s hands, grabbed it as he ascended, then dunked the ball with force.
Wade gave Gordon a 9 out of 10 score afterward, as did Chadwick Boseman and Scottie Pippen, who were also judges. Chance the Rapper gave the dunk a 10, and so did Common, who said the contest was supposed to result in a tie since it was so close.
“We were like, ‘This is a tie,’ ” Common told ESPN. “But somebody didn’t do it right. I don’t know who it is.”
Also, Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks, who was a judge as well, said the contest was supposed to be a tie.
Before his retirement, Wade played with Jones on the Miami Heat team, and because of that some accused him of showing favoritism to Jones in the dunk contest.
“I mean, it took nine rounds. It wasn’t biased,” Wade said in February when he was asked about the contest. “It got to the point where I wasn’t the only person who gave a nine. Let’s talk about that.”
On April 5, Wade said that he wanted to discuss the controversy with Gordon on his new online show called “The Wind Down.”