Record producer DJ Khaled has no formal basketball experience, and the internet was not shy to remind him of that fact Saturday night.
One of five guest judges for All-Star Weekend’s Verizon Slam Dunk contest, Khaled appeared to be the toughest grader of them all. Still, the contest’s four participants – Dennis Smith Jr., Donovan Mitchell, Victor Oladipo and Larry Nance Jr. – combined for four perfect scores of 50 among the night’s 12 slams.
Even Khaled had to give a perfect score to Smith’s between-the-legs jam, as well as runner-up Nance’s double-tap off the backboard.
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Mitchell ended up hoisting the trophy.
The contest’s other four judges – NBA legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving, WNBA star Lisa Leslie, actor Mark Wahlberg and comedian Chris Rock – gave more forgiving scores Saturday, a night that offered a cradle-rocker by Nance, a multibasket slam by Mitchell, and Oladipo donning a Black Panther mask.
His harsh criticism led NBA fans on Twitter to crack jokes about an unathletic Khaled – who according to various internet sources is either 5-foot-6 or 5-foot-7 – and deem him unfit to judge such a competition. One user even likened it to “a nun reviewing porn.”