2012 Slam Dunk Contest entrant Jeremy Evans
Here's when the NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2012 is and what TV channel you can watch it on. Reuters

The NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2012 is today. Here's how to watch it via online live stream.

The NBA Amateur Slam Dunk Contest 2012 starts at 8:30 p.m. EST today at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., and will be one of the most-watched NBA events of the year.

This February, the NBA is bringing one of the most entertaining sporting events to Orlando -- NBA All-Star 2012. Returning for the first time since 1992, when Magic Johnson made his dramatic comeback on the court, NBA All-Star 2012 is a unique experience that celebrates the NBA's greatest athletes.

This year's contestants will be Indiana Pacer Paul George, Jazz star Jeremy Evans, Timberwolves rookie Derrick Williams, and the Rockets' Chase Budinger.

The contest will be broadcast on live TV on TNT. To determine which channel is TNT on your cable provider, consult channel information for Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Dish and Comcast, which is available on their Web sites.

It will also be available to watch via free online live stream, which you can access by clicking this link, which will take you to NBA TV.

Or, in a move we don't endorse or suggest, you can just do a Web search for NBA Slam Dunk Contest online live stream to see if you can find a site that will allow you to watch it for free but not necessarily legally. Don't do this unless you're willing to face whatever consequences may result from doing so. The best way to enjoy the NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2012 may just be to watch it on good old cable TV.