Timberwolves star confident in his own ability…
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine has insisted that he would be able to beat Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James in a Dunk Contest.
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The 19-year-old was crowned the ‘Dunk King’ at the Barclays Center on Saturday night after putting on an incredible show throughout the competition.
Having out-scored Mason Plumlee and Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first round, Victor Oladipo stood little chance in the championship round and was forced to settle for second place.
In an interview with SportsCenter after the tournament, LaVine insisted that he’d take himself in a one-on-one dunk off with James even though he would undoubtedly expect some spectacular competition from the two-time NBA champion.
“I never go against my own talent so I’ve got to say me,” he said, according to ESPN.
“I know LeBron’s got some stuff that he ain’t showed the world, either. LeBron’s one of the most freaky athletes of all time … But like I said, I’m a confident person.”
LaVine became the first player with multiple dunks with perfect scores in the same contest since Dwight Howard in 2009, as he stole the show in New York with some sensational jams after coming out wearing a ‘SpaceJam’ jersey with Michael Jordan’s name emblazoned on the back.
The pressure was certainly on the youngster given his previous efforts in college, practice and in the NBA itself, and he didn’t disappoint the crowd and the millions watching around the world.