If you think Yao Ming is the only baller to come from the Far East then you obviously haven’t seen this guy! He’s got some serious hops and even more impressive range. He can hit the trey, he can slam dunk and when the conditions are right, he can even pull up from behind the three-point arc and deliver a facial.
Basketball sure has changed over the years. What started off as just a peach basket and a dream is now a global phenomenon that has dramatically changed the lifestyles of thousands who have reached the ultimate level. Want to see proof? Look no further than the slam dunk contest. And we’re not just talking about 7-footers gliding through the air. Back in the old days if you could master the lay-up then you were flying like an eagle.
Unless you’re going to smack your face on the backboard then normally we just don’t care about guys on trampolines dunking basketballs. But these guys aren’t your normal middle school dufuses trying to get air off their mom’s baby bouncer.
Candace Parker dunked again on Sunday. We’re figuring this is the first you’ve heard of it because of the incessant Super Bowl coverage that went late into the night after getting rolling when the rooster crowed. So, here’s the latest edition to CP3’s jam collection.
We’re not going to say that was the most graceful dunk of all time, but the girl still has more hops than 7-foot-7 Kenny George.
UNC-Ashville’s Kenny George is a monster. The 7-foot-7, 360-pounder wears a size 26 shoe and has a wingspan of eight and a half feet. Like we said, he’s a friggin’ monster. Against North Carolina on Wednesday, George finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks off the bench. But that isn’t the reason he’s making the news today. This is the reason he’s getting gobs of pub:
Yup, that was 6-foot-9 Tyler Hansbrough jumping over George with a single bound. Kinda like the negative image of this play:
We were completely shocked to come across a clip of Slamball this morning. After all, we figured that Spike TV would have destroyed all evidence of the “sport’s” existence. But, amazingly enough, the dumb trampolines and silly acrobatics weren’t the only dinosaurs that were unearthed. We know it’s hard to believe, but there has been an on-court Darius Miles sighting.
Okay, we’ve had our fill. Now can we avoid the double-fisted forehead bump for another three years or so?
There used to be this crazy myth that “white men can’t jump.” There was a movie about it and everything, maybe you’ve heard of it. Well, it’s pretty evident that claim is completely inaccurate. You did see Brent Barry sky at the 1996 Slam Dunk Contest, right? If that wasn’t aerial poetry in motion then we don’t know what is.
So, now that we’ve established that whites can dunk, let’s turn our attention to the stereotype that women can’t throw down. We know that there have a handful of ladies to dunk in a game, most notable Candace Parker and Michelle Snow, but they were in college. If you really want to see a myth get busted to bits then you’ve gotta check out Houston’s Brittney Griner.
She’s a junior in high school (verbal commitment to Baylor) and she’s 6-foot-7 with a size 17 shoe. Apparently, she’s been described as “a Charles Barkley type in a Plaxico Burress body.” By “Charles Barkley type,” we’re assuming they mean in her tenacity and drive to play bigger than she really is because we’ve seen the video and Sir-Cumference hasn’t displayed hops like hers since he was going coast to coast for the Sixers in those itty-bitty shorts.
Her dunks might not be all that flashy, but she’s got a much higher conversion rate than Nate ‘Do Over’ Robinson. Then again, we seriously doubt she could block Yao Ming.
We just couldn’t bring ourselves to watch any of the repeated showings of the ESPY Awards last week, so, other than knowing who won what, we had no idea what went down. In fact, it wasn’t until this morning that we heard of the controversy surrounding co-host LeBron James and his baby boy. Apparently, some people think LBJ was completely out of line when he brought his infant son, Bryce Maximus James, on stage to teach him about hoops and the graceful art of the slam dunk, but we can’t seem to figure out what all the fuss is about. Just looks like normal father-son bonding type stuff to us.
That definitely gives a new meaning to the term “diaper dandy.”