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Dear Francisco, Thank you for contacting the National Basketball Association with your suggestions for improving

the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest. We are constantly exploring ways to improve our league and to enhance the overall annual experience for players and fans. As we grow and celebrate the game of basketball, you can be assured that we will do our best to cultivate a league in which our players demonstrate passion, commitment, teamwork, and respect for the history of the game. Thanks again for sharing your concerns with us. We very much appreciate your interest in the NBA. Sincerely, Brittany NBA Fan Relations
-----Original Message----From: [] Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2013 1:21 PM To: NBA Letters Subject: General Comments / Suggestions FROM: Alegre, Francisco Jose MESSAGE: Dear Mr. Stern, The 2013 NBA dunk contest deceived lots of fans around the world. Picking the best dunkers in the league and increasing the prize to 100.000 $ were both really good ideas. Nevertheless, I think there are some issues that should be analized and changed to improve this contest. 1st - Time to achieve a dunk. From my point of view it's not a good idea to set a time. It stresses the contestants and hurries them to finish. If we want the players to show us their best dunks they need to know that they can take their time to do them. The less preassure, the better. 2nd- Judges should be great former or active dunkers. Julius Erving, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and other great dunkers were at the Toyota Center and not in the jury. We all know it was Houston's All-Star, but we always want the best judges available to be giving the scores. 3rd- Judges should not show their marks until they had not watched a dunk at least twice replayed from different angles. There are lots of details in a dunk that we are not able to see live. 4th- There should be some guidelines to penalize a dunk in case the player needed more than a single attempt to do it. A great dunk should get a great scoring even if it takes 8 or 10 attempts to be done. This would help the judges in their ballots making them more objetive.

5th- Increase from 2 to 3 the dunks for each player in the first round. Too many times we have seen great dunkers eliminated even before taking their second attempt just because they had a bad first dunk. That way we will make sure the best dunkers reach the final. 6th- The competition between both Conferences expanded to the Saturday Contests it's a really good idea, but if the best two dunkers are from the same conference they should both make the final. Same should happen in Shooting Stars, Skills Contest and 3point Contest. Thank you for your time and for your unconditional effort to make basketball a greater sport everyday Yours faithfully, Francisco Jose Alegre, Spain