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Michael Jordan

'88 Dunk Contest Win Was RIGGED

... Says ESPN Star

7/18/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

071314_bill_simmons_launchMichael Jordan should NOT have won the '88 Slam Dunk contest -- and only emerged victorious because the whole thing was RIGGED ... so says ESPN's Bill Simmons

The Sports Guy was in L.A. for the ESPYs when our photog asked the notorious basketball junkie who'd win a current day (and nearly geriatric) dunk-off between MJ and Dominique Wilkins -- a rematch of the '88 final. 

Bill's response is near blasphemy to anyone from Chicago (as our camera guy is) 'cause not only does he pick the Human Highlight Reel ... he also claims the original battle was a total sham.

There's more ... Simmons also explains why LeBron and Blake Griffin will NEVER go head-to-head in a dunk contest ... no matter how much money people try to throw at them. 

Meantime, check out the '88 footage ... does Simmons have a point?

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1.

BJ Knutson    

I have been saying that since I saw it as a young kid and have been a Dominique fan ever since...ONE OF THE BEST DUNKERS OF ALL TIME!!!

105 days ago
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Nino Ducati    

http://youtu.be/qjRcTiwVEwo

Kings Lakers Game 6 Mixtape *RIGGED* 2002

105 days ago
3.

ivan    

1 - dunk contest rigged ? wow - who'd a thunk it?

105 days ago
4.

Jesse Callender    

After watching the video again, I would have to agree. I like MJ, but let's be real, if it's ever close at all, they give it to the Super Star, on his home court!! G-d bless them both. They put on a good show that night.

105 days ago
5.

FREEDOM    

I CANNOT BELIEVE ALL TH PEOPLE GOT DOOPED....

105 days ago
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FREEDOM    

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WATCHING THIS SHOWDOWN AND IT WAS FAKE. WHAT A TOTAL RIP OFF.

105 days ago

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