Monday, February 18, 2008

Slamma Jamma

The Basketball world was abuzz with the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard's thunderous dunks capped by donning the cape of Superman that brought the house down at the 2008 NBA All Star Slam Dunk Contest held Saturday Night in the City of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Although his dunks were really good and deserve a place to be in the list of the best dunks that were ever seen in the NBA's annual slam dunk competition, for me it was not the best in the history of the NBA All Stars weekend side event.

Yes, Dwight Howard’s creativity was evident in his dunks but they’re not as spectacular as the dunks made by Vince Carter in the 2000 edition of the contest.

In my book, Vinsanity’s insane repertoire of dunks was the greatest and the best of all time. Carter showed us not only his creative side but also his enormous jumping prowess as he did one thunderous dunk after another to rule the one- sided contest against his cousin and teammates with the Toronto Raptors, Tracy McGrady and Steve Francis of the Houston Rockets, among others.

You can also include in the list 5’ 7” Spud Webb’s amazing feat in the 1986 edition wherein he bested his more illustrious teammate, Dominique Wilkins to become the shortest player in history to win the coveted Slam Dunk King title.

But the most intense and electrifying head-to-head match up in the history of the slam dunk contest was the 1988 battle between the Human Highlight Film, Dominique Wilkins of the Atlanta Hawks and His Airness, Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls.

They engaged in a virtual dogfight highlighted by their creativity and intense competitiveness. Where Dominique was power personified, Michael was a mirror of finesse and elegance. The slugfest literally went to the last dunk where Michael Jordan won it by flying from the free throw line as he slammed the ball home to the delight of the Chicago crowd.

2008 NBA All Star Slam Dunk Competition

2000 NBA All Star Slam Dunk Contest: Vince Carter

The Human Highlight Film versus His Airness

1986 NBA All Star Dunk Contest: Spud Webb

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