What is your biggest accomplishment off of it?DJ: Other than my family situation with four sons and three daughters, I look at my involvement with Cord Blood Bank. They’re bigger, stronger and more capable of doing that. J” won it! Smart money should stay in your pocket now. He was clearly the right guy for the job. IH: Fair enough. Dee Brown might not be a household name, but his no-look slam dunk from the 1991 contest deserves all the praise it can get. The dunk is ‘Vinsanity’ personified. Some of the best athletes and NBA stars have thrown down in the competition with creative, electrifying dunks. J: I used to do a lot of clinics with young people to teach them how to play basketball. Who did you most like competing against?DJ: Two really tough matchups were always Bernard King and Adrian Dantley. Would you have used it as a player?DJ: Absolutely. In his first dunk of the night, Carter managed to fluidly throw down a reverse 360 windmill, making it look so effortless and perfect. In the 2016 contest, Orlando Magic player Aaron Gordon pulled off the impossible with this famous dunk. That’s the challenge. I went with my family to visit with President Obama in December and we had a great day at the White House.
© 2020 EHM PRODUCTIONS,INC. Sign up for InsideHook to get our best content delivered to your inbox every weekday. Toronto was close with Cleveland last year.
I don’t think it’s a given that it’s going to be the Cavs and the Warriors. LaVine took off from one step inside the free throw line, put the ball between his legs and threw down a Statue of Liberty slam. How do you think Adam Silver has been doing as NBA Commissioner?DJ: Adam’s been doing a great job.
The league is truly global, with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages, as well as NBA rosters at the start of the 2014-15 season featuring a record 101 international players from 37 countries and territories. Holding on to star status once you have it.
Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950), commonly known by the nickname "Dr. J", is an American retired basketball player.
They’ll always be a need there. "I think [Gordon's] last dunk was cleaner.
Gordon missed tying Jones and forcing another round of dunks by 1 point ... and flat-out beating him by 2 points.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine upped the challenge, by adding a windmill motion to the legendary foul-line jam. In 1985, competing as a rookie, Jordan foreshadowed his intentions by taping the free-throw line prior to his attempt. If I had to name one thing, it’d be the camaraderie with the guys who I got along with. The new-fangled approach came on his second dunk of the championship round at the 2016 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend in Toronto. Julius Erving (1976) -- Dr. J arguably did more to popularize the slam dunk than any other basketball player, and it all started with the move that won the 1976 dunk contest for the ABA. Today, so much that used to be private is public, and with that exposure comes opportunities. The charges against Knox stem from an Oct. 23 shooting. It’s a sign of respect. You don’t see that anymore. Everything about this dunk was perfect. Vince Carter is the single best dunk contest participant in the event’s history. Nobody did it better.
Did MJ, Vinsanity, Nique or Dr. J take the top spot? J” Erving found it in the form of five first-class slams, the most potent among them being a soaring free-throw-line throwdown that started underneath the opposing basket. We talked to Dr. J -- who was in the building for the dunk contest -- at Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. on Monday ... and we asked the hoops legend if the Orlando Magic star was robbed by the judges in Chi-town.
It was just a thing you had to do to play well.
Floyd, Breonna Suspects Got It, Why Can't I?!? Get TMZ breaking news sent right to your browser! The only reason it doesn’t rank higher on this list is that it technically wasn’t a dunk. InsideHook: How did you prep for that first dunk contest?Dr. Since the inception of the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest, fans have often been treated to an incredible show. Only an uber-athletic high-flier like LaVine would even attempt this dunk, let alone throw down something as good as this. IH: Players definitely do seem to be friendlier now than they were when you were playing.DJ: Well, very few have gone to the extreme of Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas with the kisses before the jump ball. Smith’s call, the crowd’s reaction, Carter pointing to the sky and declaring “it’s over” are about as boss as it gets. IH: Looking back now, what do you miss and not miss about being in the NBA?DJ: It’s been 30 years and I can’t think of one thing that I really miss about my professional career. IH: You don’t even miss the short shorts?DJ: Um … everybody had them, so nobody looked different. On a late January night in 1976, a young man with big hair and little shorts was searching for the perfect prescription to help him take home the crown at the first-ever slam dunk contest. How Dangerous Is Flying in the Pandemic? Even Michael Jordan couldn’t believe what he just saw. How Much Money Did NBA Spend to Finish Season in Florida Bubble? For more on the good Doctor, check out The Autobiography of Dr. J or head to his website.
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IH: If you had played, who would have won in the trash-talking department?DJ: I can’t keep up with him there.