Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Throwback Dunk: Vince Carter and Fred Weis

Before Lebron and after Michael, there was another UNC alum crowned as the heir apparent to Air Jordan's throne: Vince Carter. Although many would agree Carter never fully fulfilled that destiny (He's still working on winning that ever elusive championship. This is probably the best team he's played on to date) it would be hard to argue that he didn't at least live up to hype in one aspect: dunking. Carter advanced dunking the way MJ did when he took over for Dr. J and David Thompson. And none of his dunks were more impressive than the one above (Well maybe. My feelings on that last statement are unsettled).

I still shake my head every time I see this. Too bad there were no dunks like this in the Slam Dunk contest this past All-Star weekend in Dallas. Shameful. Guess we'll just have to wait on the next generation of great dunkers (that actually enter the dunk contest people) and until then reminisce over the plays and highlights of year's past. Sad

Sidenote: Weis, according to cantstopthebleeding and ESPN's international basketball guru Chris Sheridan, might actually play in MSG when it is rumored France will take on the U.S. Senior National Team this summer:

"I don’t know how many of you spend your Saturday’s scouring L’equpe for international basketball news, serious props to True Hoop’s Chris Sheridan, who raises the very real possibility the Knicks’ 1999 first round pick Frédéric Weis might make his long-awaited Madison Square Garden debut next June. Sheridan speculates that France will be Team USA’s opponent at the Garden, thus raising the specre of Weis’ most famous moment on the hardwood, ie., the time he was brutally posterized by Vince Carter in the 2000 Summer Olympics. Though Weis isn’t currently on the ViveMenorca active roster, who amongst us wouldn’t love to see, say, LeBron James, attempt to replicate or better VC’s effort?"

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