Across all sports, few actions from a player can be as memorable, emphatic and explosive as a powerful slam dunk from a basketball star. I was a few years behind catching the Michael Jordan bandwagon but I grew up in an era where the athletic prowess of NBA superstars went to a whole new level.
Slam dunking stars like Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Josh Smith, Gerald Wallace, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook were – and have been so far – unable to win a championship but their ability to entertain through their sky walking skills kept the turnstiles in overdrive.
As a basketball junkie and with YouTube taking the IT world by storm, seeing the latest jam/dunk/slam/throw down/alley-oop was never too hard.
This dunk makes my top 10 list as much for James’ post-game comments as it does for the play itself.
After Boston veteran and regular motormouth Jason Terry made some negative comments about the Miami Heat and LeBron, this play fell perfectly for King James.
Dwyane Wade stole the ball and as guard Norris Cole threw the alley-oop, Terry was caught out underneath a high-flying LeBron.
The two-time NBA champion seemingly threw this dunk down a little harder than the rest after Terry’s comments and even stood over ‘The Jet’ after the play.
In the post-game press conference, James was asked whether he saw Terry below him whilst in the air – his response? ‘Yeah, I saw him, guess he didn’t see me.’
The smugness with which he answered the question was not of sheer arrogance but more of who are you to try take me on?
This video has the comments from James regarding Terry’s involvement in the dunk.
4) Tracy McGrady, Houston Rockets – ‘He just sucked the gravity right out of the building’ During his heyday, there were few on T-Mac’s level on a basketball court.
An elite athlete who could handle the basketball at 6-8″, a brilliant playmaker and able to rebound with the bigs, McGrady could score the ball on a world-class level – winning two NBA scoring titles.
Unfairly maligned for his playoff performances, McGrady made one devastating play in the post-season which was hard for even the haters to forget.
Dressed in his Rocket red facing a strong Dallas Mavericks outfit, McGrady destroyed 7-6″ centre Shawn Bradley.
Known for his shooting but not his strong defence, Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki tried to stop McGrady in the corner with little success.
T-Mac blew by Dirk and elevated for a ferocious slam over the league’s tallest player.
The reaction from McGrady’s Rockets’ teammates was awesome, including one player rolling on the court with disbelief.
Whilst Michael Jordan stole the headlines in Chicago – and rightly so – his sidekick was also doing some pretty impressive things.
Pippen, one of the 50 greatest players of all-time, made a particular play during the 1994 playoffs against foes, New York.
As the Bulls streamed down court, Pippen received the ball in stride and elevated for a prodigious tomahawk slam over shot blocking enforcer, Patrick Ewing.
Pippen stood over Ewing after the jam and then proceeded to give Knicks fan and sports movie maker Spike Lee some not-so-nice words before receiving a technical foul for his choice words.
That play from Scottie had the United Center fans on their feet – one, for the explosive play they just witnessed and two, for the embarrassment it caused Ewing and the Knicks.
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My all time favourite was Chris Webber’s dunk over Charles Barkley
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