“Gotta Quit Hyping These Weak Dunks”: Brittney Griner’s WNBA All Stars Slam Gets Accused by Brutal Fans

Published 07/17/2023, 6:57 AM EDT

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Brittney Griner is coming off as a superstar after enduring a traumatic experience. Her recent complicated past kept her from the basketball court for several months. During her time in Russia, the WNBA showed unwavering support for Griner by prominently featuring her initials and jersey number, 42, on every court. Additionally, she was honored as an honorary starter at the previous year’s All-Star Game. This season, Griner overcame her challenges and secured a starting position by delivering impressive performances for the Phoenix Mercury, averaging 19.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.9 blocked shots.

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In the roster for the WNBA all-star event this week, Griner played for Team Stewart. After a powerful and emotional comeback, BG marked her return by making an impression in front of the sellout crowd. However, one of her dunks, which the WNBA posted across their social media channels, garnered overwhelming criticism.

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There was no denying that Griner’s presence stole the spotlight inadvertently. Breanna Stewart selected the center as her first overall pick in the All-Star draft. In response, she began the fireworks by scoring the first 6 points for her team. The WNBA world hoped to see one of Griner’s rare dunks in the all-star, and she delivered exactly that.

Griner helped Stewart’s team to propel over Team Wilson to hand A’ja Wilson her first All-Star loss. The 32-year-old contributed significantly to her team’s win, recording 18 points and 13 rebounds in the game.

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The viewership for the WNBA has seen a significant increase this year, which is estimated to be a rise of 67% compared to last year. Many pick Griner as the decisive reason after her earlier troubles in foreign land put her in the spotlight.

While Griner did an admirable job in her team’s victory, many fans were left disapproving of her dunk.

Fans criticize Brittney Griner’s All-Star slam

Even though the on-court crowd and athletes loved Griner’s comeback dunk, fans on social media did not hesitate to criticize the two-time Olympic gold medalist.

According to fans, Brittney’s dunk was a ‘travel’ and felt too slow-going. Some supporters did mention how her dunk was a valid move, but the debate is still ongoing.

Another fan displayed a similar sentiment on the dunk. The fan sarcastically compared Griner’s dunk to the ones in the NBA.

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Likewise, WNBA’s Instagram post was filled with critics all over. Like the majority, one fan was left disappointed with the league’s Griner post. “We gotta quit hyping up these weak dunks,” the user wrote, which was echoed by many in the comments section.

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Regardless of what people think of the dunk, Griner has come from a lot recently. Last year, despite her caliber to make it to the all-star game, she was not only detained from the game but also from her home. To come this far and represent herself on the highest stage in Women’s basketball is a true testament to her will and mental toughness.

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Saahil Dhillan

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Saahil Dhillan is an NBA Writer at Essentially Sports. He has been writing articles and blogs for 5 years now, including those for a sports brand that manufactures knee braces, for a Red Bull athlete in 2019 and for a documentary of an Ultra Running Coach in 2021. There’s plenty Saahil can write about why he likes basketball, having followed the NBA for more than 10 years, but he is most keen on picking out various offense/defense strategies, on/off-court decisions, roster changes in crunch time and other underrated key elements that leave an impact on the scoreboard.
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