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.
[USAToday.com]: Have you seen her?