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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Majesty of the Slam Dunk, in Super Slo-Mo

First off, credit where it is due: I just read this post by Barry Petchesky of Deadspin, and I thank him for alerting me to the videos below.

I don’t know about you, but I sat riveted during the Slam Dunk contest. I was turned off by the obvious Kia product placement at the end, and the slimy feeling that the final result was predetermined, but that should take nothing away from the spectacular feats of athleticism achieved by DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, JaVale McGee, and of course Blake Griffin.

In fact, the dunks turned in by these high flying artists were so good, so jaw-dropping, and so majestic, that there is really only one possible way to make them better: put ‘em in super slow motion. And that’s just what the NBA did.

Below are dunks by Griffin, McGee, and DeRozan, slowed down quite substantially and backed up by dramatic music – for the record, the kind of music I always wish was playing on Saturday mornings at my apartment when I cook eggs and toast for myself and try to finish both at the same time so they’re piping hot when it’s eating time. (Hey, when you live alone, you can pretend anything is a life or death scenario just shits and giggles.)
Blake Griffin Car Dunk in Super Slow Motion


JaVale McGee Double Ball Dunk in Super Slow Motion

DeMar DeRozan One Bounce Alley Oop Reverse Dunk in Super Slow Motion

Simply stunning. Kudos to the NBA for creating videos like this and engaging their fans via YouTube. These dunks were most certainly worthy.