Carl Scheer’s idea was a slam dunk for basketball

Carl Scheer was an innovative general manager in the ABA and NBA. Scheer is credited with coming up with a staple of NBA All Star Games, the Slam Dunk Contest. He invented the event for the 1976 ABA All Star Game.
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Carl Scheer was an innovative general manager in the ABA and NBA. Scheer is credited with coming up with a staple of NBA All Star Games, the Slam Dunk Contest. He invented the event for the 1976 ABA All Star Game.

Sports columnist Scott Fowler has written for the Charlotte Observer since 1994. He has authored or co-authored eight books, including four about the Carolina Panthers. In 2018, Fowler won the Thomas Wolfe award for outstanding newspaper writing. He also is the host of the Observer’s hit podcast “Carruth.”