Glenn Robinson III joins storied list of NBA slam dunk champions after impressive showing

The slam dunk is undoubtedly one of the most recognized and exciting moves in all of sports. It’s a feat of pure athleticism that sends crowds (and players) into a frenzy any time one is thrown down.

In 1976, professional basketball chose to celebrate the dunk and all its glory during the sport’s All-Star Game weekend. The first Slam Dunk Contest was held by the American Basketball Association and was won by Julius Irving — but the league’s merger with the National Basketball Association (NBA) caused the contest to take a hiatus until 1984.

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TBT: James Harden when he wasn’t too lazy to shave his beard

James Harden: the man, the beard, the legend. It’s hard to believe there was a time before that glorious facial hair was a part of our lives, but we found evidence of a barefaced Harden’s existence — way back in 2005, when he was just 15 years old.

Harden has said that the infamous beard began in 2009, when he was at Arizona State and just too lazy to shave.

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TBT: Tim Duncan when he was just a draft prospect

After five NBA championships, two MVP awards, 15 All-Star Games and 19 seasons with the Spurs, Tim Duncan decided it was time to call it a career.

Duncan has been around for so long, it’s hard to believe he was ever anything other than San Antonio’s star forward — but, like all other players, there was a time when he was simply a draft prospect.

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TBT: Kevin Garnett slays his 1995 rookie photoshoot

We were all young once. Those of us who were young in the 1990s know that the fashion choices back then weren’t necessarily the greatest, but some people really managed to pull off the ’90s look — people like Minnesota Timberwolves big man Kevin Garnett.

Garnett was taken straight out of high school by the Timberwolves in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft. Needless to say, he looked like a total stud during the rookie photoshoot that followed.

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TBT: LeBron James has barely aged in 13 years

Everyone has an opinion about Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. Is he the greatest basketball player of all time? Could be. Is he the face of the NBA? Maybe. Is he going to win not two, not three, not four NBA championships? Possibly.

One thing we know for sure, though, is that LeBron was once a regular old teenager just like us — at least, sort of — and he’s barely aged since.

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TBT: Stephen Curry at NBA All-Star Weekend 1992

Stephen Curry has been a figure at NBA All-Star Games since before his career even started, and likely before he was speaking in complete sentences, because he’s Stephen Curry and that’s just what he does.

In 1992, three-year-old Steph was photographed with his father, Dell, at the Three-Point Contest which has long been a staple of All-Star Weekend. Also featured in the throwback photo are Mitch Richmond of the Sacramento Kings and Drazen Petrovic of the New Jersey Nets … and we’re also pretty sure that Steph’s first NBA coach, Don Nelson, in the row behind him. Talk about foreshadowing.

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