Shaquille O’Neal’s Priceless Reaction During NBA All Star Dunk Contest Sends Fans in a Frenzy

Published 02/20/2022, 12:57 AM EST

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The NBA All-star game weekend comprises the prestigious Slam Dunk Contest, which has been one of the main star attractions for a really long time now. But sometimes, even the best of the best may not be able to recreate the magic. And seeing the face of Shaquille O’Neal at the event, this might be one of those times.

The All-Star Slam dunk contest was the last of the events before the All-Star game. This year the participants were Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony, Houston Rockets rookie Jalen Green, Golden State Warriors Joan Toscano-Anderson and New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin.


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Cole Anthony was the first to go, and he got his dad involved. He finished his first dunk with a left-handed windmill dunk. Then it was Toscano-Anderson who jumped over his teammate and windmill it as well. Obi Toppin went next, and he went behind the back while jumping over a person. The last to go was Jalen Green, who took his time to go. He had a gold chain with a small screen showing his highlights. And then after that, he took several tries for a dunk attempt. When he finally got one, it was caught in mid-air, after which he windmilled it.

Shaq was among the attendees at the festivities. He wasn’t impressed by the display and his face was showing it. He looked pretty bored after the displays.

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The NBA fans went berserk seeing Shaq’s face. They also weren’t pleased by the dunk contest.

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NBA All-star weekend so far

The All-star weekend started off with the NBA All-Star celebrity game featuring retired NBA players, WNBA players, actors, musicians, and athletes from sports other than basketball. This year the Celebs included Myles Garrett, Daniel Gibson, Jack Harlow, Anjali Ranadive, Ranveer Singh, Quavo, Machine Gun Kelly, and others. The Rising stars challenge was next and in a new format. There were four teams coached by former players and they had a mini-tournament among them.

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It was then followed by the Skills challenge in which Team Cavs emerged as the winner. Tomorrow will be the marquee action of the weekend as Team LeBron takes on Team Durant in the NBA All-Star Game.


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Vishwesha Kumar


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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.
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