First and foremost, shoutout to you if you remember Terrico White, who once ruled the basketball internet by doing these dunk moves at a rookie photo shoot:
Second and actually probably foremost, here’s a quick rundown of similarities between White’s dunk fest and the one the NBA Vined of a new Pistons rookie doing the exact same thing at this year’s rookie photo shoot:
Both players are second round draft picks of the Detroit Pistons (White was 36th overall, Mitchell 37th).
Both players come from non-basketball powerhouse colleges (White from University of Mississippi, Mitchell from University of North Texas).
Both players were born on the seventh day of their birth month (White was born March 7, 1990, Mitchell was born April 7, 1992).
Both players’ first names start with the same letter (White with T, Mitchell also with T).
Both players wowed their draftmates with their dunking prowess at the rookie photo shoot (White in the second video, Mitchell in the first).
Mitchell is wearing No. 9 for the Pistons, White wore No. 23. Three (3) squared (2) equals nine (9).
As you can see, these two guys are basically the same person, despite a two-year age difference, different positions and different body types. Considering White has yet to play a single non-preseason minute in the NBA, we might be witnessing the pinnacle of Tony Mitchell’s basketball career. Maybe not, but the dunk writing is on the dunk wall.
The Finals don’t start until tomorrow, so enjoy the song of the summer, which just so happens to honor a few of the greatest NBA teams of the 1990s while throwing down like the dudes from the Mini Basketball League. Sorry about being dunked on, James.
This dunk is awesome, no doubt about that. But amazingly, it might not even be the best part of this clip.
No, that honor either goes to the segment from 14 seconds to 18 seconds where we see a bunch of kids reacting like they just found a Playboy and then a quick cut to a bunch of grownups acting the exact same way, or to this face:
OK yeah, the dunk is pretty cool, since it’s fun to watch somebody nearly hit their head on the rim when jumping from the free throw circle. But the best part, easily, is the noise LeBron makes after the dunk.
I might be a bit off on my translation, but I’m fairly certain that was a “DEAH!,” which I really haven’t heard before. Innovative.
Oh by the way, maybe stop the ball when LeBron is just cruising down the court on a fast break. I don’t know. Just a suggestion.
I’m not sure if I’m ready to live in a world where the Indiana Pacers are the best dunking team in the league, but we may have reached that point. But if you remain unconvinced, just watch the practice session where Gerald Green’s infamous picture was taken.
This may very well be happening. The Indiana Pacers might be the best dunking team in the league. I guess Fred Jones had more of an effect than any of us will ever know.
I heard something recently that I couldn’t believe was true — Vinny Del Negro taught Kenny Smith his famous between-the-legs, off-the-backboard dunk from the 1990 dunk contest. Sure, the particulars work out, like the fact that Vinny and Kenny were teammates from 1988 to 1990 and that Vinny could certainly throw down at that time. But VDN teaching something basketball-related so well did not compute with a Bulls fan who lived through him botching every timeout situation imaginable.
So I did what any 21st century human who is confronted with contradictory information would do: I Googled it. And lo and behold, the internet holds reference to such a legend. From the OUHoops.com forums from around the time Blake Griffin was in the dunk contest, with a little emphasis added to the pertinent portion of the passage:
I’m willing to wager that Blake will throw some variation of the “backwards between the legs foul line bounce pass off the glass” (hereafter abbreviated BBTLFLBPOTG) that he used to win the McD’s contest.
Blake threw the BBTLFLBPOTG down in 2007 as a tribute to Kenny Smith’s in the 1990 NBA Dunk Contest. Kenny being Blake’s ‘dunk coach’ for the competition, it seems a given that the BBTLFLBPOTG will make another appearance, hopefully in an absolutely bone smashing manner (360 tomahawk? Is it even possible to break an NBA backboard anymore?)
Further, take a guess at who taught Kenny Smith the BBTLFLBPOTG? If you guessed Vinny del Negro, you need a new hobby, but you’re right.
If it’s on the internet, it must be true. From here on out, never let it be said that Vinny Del Negro is a bad basketball coach. If he came up with this, he’s basically a combination of Phil Jackson, Vince Lombardi and Sidney Deane with a little Patti LaBelle mixed in for good measure. Maybe all these years of having to coach every part of the game has been holding VDN back and he just needs to focus on his true legacy, which is teaching fancy dunks for the dunk contest. I’m not sure what the market is like for full-time dunk coaches, but I’d think it’s something worth exploring.
This is literally the best tip dunk Nick Collison will ever have in his life, guaranteed. It’s in a big playoff game, it came out of nowhere, it looked awesome and — maybe the best part — such a dunk is almost impossible to replicate. Maybe I’m crazy, but I can’t imagine there are going to be lots of plays where the ball bounces three feet above the rim and Nick Collison catches it at its peak and just crushes the finish, kind of on Tim Duncan.
If this is Nick Collison’s all-time best highlight, at least it was a good one. Glad we could all be here to see it.