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DeMar DeRozan thinks props cheapened NBA dunk contest

February 22, 2011 | 11:27 am

Cars, multiple baskets and bears. Oh, my!

Like Dorothy who was taken aback in The Wizard of Oz when she saw wild animals, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan said he was not thrilled when his competitors used a myriad of props, including a fake animal, in Saturday's All-Star dunk contest.

"I'm a dunker. Dunk contests, you go out there and dunk. I'm not into all the props and everything," he said Tuesday. "I try to come out with a creative dunk and do it and go from there."

Blake Griffin of the Clippers won by dunking over the hood of a KIA Optima, Javale McGee of the Washington Wizards simultaneously dunked two balls into two separate baskets and Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder grabbed a stuffed bear with his teeth while dunking.

DeRozan, a Los Angeles native who played at USC, feels that the props cheapened the contest.

"If there's a dunk contest next year I'll do it," DeRozan said. "But not no prop dunk contest."

 He thinks props should be forbidden and surmised what could be next if the rules don't change.

"Somebody might use a trampoline," DeRozan said.

-- Melissa Rohlin