Sacramento Kings rookie could bring the house down and create history.
Like skateboarding legend Tony Hawk landing the 900 at the X Games in 1999, Kings rookie Ben McLemore could be planning on something as revolutionary.
When asked about what he had in mind for the contest in New Orleans, as he takes on John Wall, Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes, Terrence Ross and Paul George the Sacramento guard said he might try and crack one of the holy grails of dunking, – the 720 degree dunk.
Hear from McLemore about being chosen for the dunk contest.
“Not yet, I’m still working on it. Still planning. I still got time, I still got almost a little over a week to plan and get prepared for this great event coming up,” he said when asked if he had sorted out his routine.
“I’m definitely a high flyer. I can get high. I just want to show my athleticism out there on the floor and bring a lot of excitement out there.”
Being both aerially dynamic and a high leaper, the current holy grail of the slam dunk, the 720, has come under consideration.
“I was thinking about that, nobody has put that up,” McLemore told CLNS Radio. “But we’ll see.”
If McLemore can land a 720, or even something close to that,no doubt it will raise the bar again in the NBA Dunk Contest, which has plateaued in quality in recent years.
But with the number of young and exciting athletes that have put their hand up for the 2014 contest, has given NBA and basketball fans to be excited about what generation next can bring to the table.
The closest fanatix has seen to the fabled 720 dunk came from And 1’s ‘Air Up There’ as he showed off his hops in this amazing effort, but debate rages whether his take off and finish position means he slightly under-rotated the 720 – nevertheless – this is what McLemore is aiming for.