Last night, Blake Griffin, arguably the freakiest athlete in a league which has more freaky athletes than the goth olympics, threw down a dunk on Oklahoma City’s Kendrick Perkins that made even the manliest of men cringe. This occurred mere hours after Lebron James had done something perhaps equally as disrespectful to Chicago’s John Lucas. Basketball fans love dunks, it’s perhaps the most
exciting aspect of the game, but how do you assess them? They are all only worth 2 points (arguably 3 if you pick up a foul, as Griffin did), so do you rank them based on their importance as game-changers? The difficulty of the dunk itself? The quality of the defender it was on?
Readers of The Courtside Collective, I invite you to put forward the case for your favourite dunk ever. Is it Michael Jordan? Lebron James? Dwight Howard? Dr J? Matt McColgan? Fearghal Toner in the final of Varsities 2005?
I will start off with my own personal favourite. It is from arguably my least favourite NBA player, a man who seems content to see out his days as a chucker and a team-spirit destroyer – could there be a deeper, more perverse insult to the fine career of Steve Nash than to make him play on the same team as this guy? (actually don’t answer that, we’d be here all day debating the wrongs that have been cast upon Nash by the Suns organisation). However, once upon a time, Vince Carter did this: