Definition: This dunk starts when a player raises the ball, lowers it and wraps it around in a circular motion for a powerful finish. Brief history: Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins combined his power and athleticism to create an iconic dunk that has stood the test of time. Zach LaVine is known for his insane dunking ability. You are using an unsupported version of Internet Explorer. Please upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 or use a different web browser.
With Gordon back in the competition this year, the thought of the two reigniting their rivalry has some fans drooling. If LaVine does wind up making an appearance, there's a good chance we already know what dunk he'll be attempting. Like, what kind of person is able to do this? This man has to have wings. He HAS to. Editorials 5 people who should buy the New York Knicks. We can also be found on Flipboard where you can subscribe and follow us.
The Kings already faced an uphill climb for making the playoffs. At best, several of their players are falling behind in training. At worst, Sacramento will have its rotation depleted when games begin.
Hopefully, Barnes recovers and joins the team as he hopes. The slam dunk is usually the highest percentage shot and a crowd-pleaser. Dunking was banned in the NCAA from to The phrase "slam dunk" has entered popular usage in American English outside of its basketball meaning, to refer to a "sure thing": an action with a guaranteed outcome, or a similarly impressive achievement. This is related to the high probability of success for a slam dunk versus other types of shots.
Additionally, to "be dunked on" or to get " posterized " is sometimes popularly used to indicate that a person has been easily embarrassed by another, in reference to the embarrassment associated with unsuccessfully trying to prevent an opponent from making a dunk.
This ascension to popular usage is reminiscent of, for example, the way that the baseball-inspired phrases "step up to the plate" and "he hit it out of the park," or American football-inspired phrases such as "victory formation" or "hail Mary" have entered popular North American vernacular.
He wrote that Joe Fortenberry and his teammate, Willard Schmidt , instead of shooting up for a layup, leaped up and "pitch[ed] the ball downward into the hoop, much like a cafeteria customer dunking a roll in coffee". During the s and s, 7-foot center and Olympic gold medalist Bob Kurland was dunking regularly during games.
Satch Sanders , a career Boston Celtic from to , said:. It was an unwritten rule Still, by the late s and early s players such as Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain had incorporated the move into their offensive arsenal. At this time, dunking was a practice most commonly used by the tallest and biggest men usually standing close to the hoop to show their reach and strength. Then through the s, players like David Thompson , Julius Erving and Darryl Dawkins popularized the move with more athletically executed dunks with high-flying jumps and turns.
This transformed dunking into the standard fare it is today. Dunk types reflect the various motions performed on the way to the basket. They start with the basic one- or two-hand forward-facing dunk and go on through various levels of athleticism and intricacy. Discrete dunk types can be modified by appending other moves; for example, a player who passes the ball off the backboard, catches it in the air, and executes a double-pump dunk would be said to have completed a "self-pass off the backboard, double pump".