By David Scott - October 12, 2007
MEMPHIS - The dunk contest is coming up and not a minute too soon. Building has lost some energy. Or at least I have.
Each contestant, Jeff Robinson and Doneal Mack, had 30 seconds to do his best dunk. Robinson got in three, including two windmills. Mack tried a between the legs but failed and made just one of his dunks.
Robinson got a combined score of 33 while Mack got something less.
But the highlight came after Calipari said, "I've got to give Derrick Rose just one tim. Truly for my own enjoyment."
Rose gave enjoyment to the crowd with a pass to himself from the 3-point line, a catch, a pump between his legs and an overhead the jam. Yeah, the kid's that good.
. . . "I got chills watching that highlight tape and saw that banner go up," said Calipari. "But you know what, last year is over. You don't know where it's going, but I'll tell you what, it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun."
. . . A full court scrimmage between the blue and white will cap off the night. The blue is being coached by assistant Derek Kellogg and the white is being headed up by assistant John Robic. Kellogg immediately made like he was bribing the officials.
Starting five for the blue is Dorsey, Antonio Anderson, Willie Kemp, Jeff Robinson and Chris Douglas-Roberts. the White is going with Rose, Robert Dozier, Doneal Mack, Andre Allen and Shawn Taggart.
Looks like it will be a 15 minute game.
. . . The four judges for the dunk contest are former Tiger players Elliott Perry (1987-91), Andre Turner (1982-86), Billy Smith (1990-93) and Ernest Smith (1988-92).
. . . The Tiger 3-point shooters won that contest 22-19. Loser goes back to China. Next week.