4 things we appreciate about Dikembe Mutombo’s disappointed NBA Dunk Contest reaction

I have a confession to make: I missed the Dunk Contest over the weekend. It wasn’t because I didn’t care, but rather I fell asleep an hour before All-Star Saturday aired on TV, and I stayed asleep for three hours.

Eventually, I had to catch up with what happened via my Twitter feed, but there was one highlight that told me everything I needed to know about the Dunk Contest: Dikembe Mutombo recording a failed dunk and shaking his head in disgust while deleting the recording:

I don’t doubt that there were some really good dunks; I nodded my head in approval while reading through the top five of Tim Cato’s dunk rankings. But the sight of a disappointed Mutombo indicated to me that this year’s contest didn’t live up to last year’s duel between Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine. This is the same man who had this memorable reaction to an Aaron Gordon dunk last year:

There are some other things about that Mutombo video that I admire along with his reaction:

1. Dikembe Mutombo shook his head for 12 seconds.

I counted. That’s both way too long for someone to be shaking his head in disgust and perfectly long for Dikembe Mutombo to be shaking his head in disgust. In comedy, timing is everything.

2. Dikembe Mutombo records his videos the right way:

“The right way” being in landscape mode, or in layman’s terms, your iPhone’s on its side when you’re recording a video. So many viral videos have been recorded in a phone’s portrait mode (that is, filming vertically), which is a problem when you’re trying to watch said videos on your laptop. The action in a vertical video looks so much smaller on a laptop than it does on a phone.

I understand that people film stuff on their phone vertically because it feels more natural that way — we as a species have grown accustomed to holding phones vertically because that’s just how they function.

There are apps that take advantage of portrait-mode videos, like Snapchat and Instagram, and they fit naturally in those places because people use them primarily on their phones. However, we also take for granted that phones have cameras, and they should be held horizontally when used like cameras. A horizontally filmed video looks so much better on a laptop or TV because it fills up the screen; people don’t have to squint or move their heads closer to the screen to see what’s going on.

The “too long, didn’t read” version of this section: Dikembe Mutombo understands how viral videos should be shot, and I appreciate him more for that.

3. Look how small that iPhone looks in Dikembe Mutombo’s hand.

Everyone else who’s holding their phones (also horizontally, yay!) has to use two hands. Dikembe only has to use one giant hand.

4. Dikembe Mutombo’s reaction opens up remixing opportunities.

Here’s an example:

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