This may be the greatest dunk I’ve ever seen. I know those are bold words but an alley-oop pass from Chris Paul to DeAndre Jordan who stuffs it hard over Brandon Knight knocking him onto the floor landing on his back! The whole arena blew up at once. You can see four little kids somehow lucky enough to get court-side tickets going bonkers. During the replay – at the 27 second mark of this video – take notice of the Clippers bench react as Jordan jams it in slow-mo. You can even see Blake Griffin’s mouth grow wide open in disbelief and don’t forget he is the 2012 Slam Dunk Champion. I feel bad for Brandon Knight. All I can think of is Chris Tucker going, “You got knocked the f*** out man!”
What a wild game-winning shot! On March 3rd, 2013, in a high school championship game, New Rochelle was down by 10 with four minutes left to Mt. Vernon and came back to within 2 points to set up the final play. New Rochelle (black team) has the ball and is down 58 – 60 to Mt. Vernon (white team) with 2.9 seconds left. Does he get it off in time??? Both teams start going bananas as if they each won the championship! Replay only tells the truth but in high school basketball there is no instant replay. The championship comes down to the referees making the right call… Does the right team win? See for yourself…
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As a New York Knicks fan all my life, I have to say the short-lived Linsanity era was one of the more exciting periods. Most especially after Patrick Ewing and Jeff Van Gundy left the Knicks there was a long period of time where it was just difficult to root for them (no thanks to Isiah Thomas but that’s a subject for another day). It got exciting when Amar’e Stoudemire joined the team and then even more so when Carmelo Anthony did too but the story of Jeremy Lin’s rise in the NBA is one of the most fascinating stories in professional sports. The high hopes for the Knicks before the season, the struggles during the season, and all the chatter about whether Amar’e and Melo could coexist really toyed with the hearts of Knicks fans. And then all of a sudden Jeremy Lin came out of nowhere and seemed to be the answer New York was looking for. Instantly, he became an international sensation. The seven game win streak put them in a position to fight for a playoff spot and in essence actually matter in the NBA. Fast breaks, alley-oops, three point bombs – it was fast-paced basketball led by Jeremy Lin under the guidance of Mike D’antoni’s style of play – the run and gun. Of course, Lin eventually got injured and wasn’t able to come back from it and then even after that New York couldn’t match the offer Houston gave him. So again, Linsanity was short-lived but it is still a memorable piece of sports history.