Rockets’ Jalen Green gets roasted online for dunk contest performance

Twitter wasn’t kind to the Houston rookie as he missed slam after slam during the NBA Dunk Contest

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Jalen Green of the Houston Rockets reacts after ducking the ball during the AT&T Slam Dunk Contest as part of the 2022 NBA All Star Weekend at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 19, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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NBA Twitter isn’t always nice, but it is, without fail, hilarious. Unfortunately for Jalen Green, he found himself in the middle of social media’s crosshairs on Saturday night when he missed dunk after dunk at All-Star Weekend in Cleveland.

The Rockets rookie, who was unsuccessful in the first round in the four-man field, spent nearly five minutes on his first dunk as it took him nine points on the rim before finally getting the perfect pass of his teammate Josh. Christopher and sent home a windmill dunk.

It took so long that NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar decided to call it a night amid Green’s attempts.

TNT cameras also caught a rather unenthusiastic Shaquille O’Neal sitting pitchside.

The tweet of the night probably isn’t appropriate for this website, but since Green was promoting an NFT before his disastrous dunk attempts, someone pointed out that maybe the NFT stands for “Nine F-king Times”. Here’s a cleaner NFT tweet.

But, you get the idea: Twitter had been looking for Green’s head all night.

Green managed to do much better on his second dunk, taking just three attempts to land a invert 360 and put the ball between his legs before slamming it home. It was actually probably the best dunk of the night, but he had already dug himself too deep a hole with all those early misses.

Despite the jokes, Green said he plans to redeem himself by returning to the pageant next year.

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