I know this is several weeks too late, but I wanted to post this video in response to the 2011 Dunk Contest. By now everyone knows about how Blake Griffen “wowed” the crowd with his dunk over a Kia (although we all know now that he didn’t even dunk over the hood of the car and lowered himself gingerly back down onto the car). While ESPN and other hype machines tried making this out as the moment that saved the dunk contest, few were fooled. Griffen was, in fact, the worst performer in the dunk contest yet won before he even walked on the court due simply to the media.
I couldn’t help but think back to the Vince Carter dunk contest when this guy put on a performance that has yet to be topped. He didn’t have to do any retries; he didn’t do any throw away dunks – he put on a spectacle of athletic prowess that remains to be challenged since. Last year I came upon this video set to Fang Island’s “Davy Crockett” and felt the director perfectly captured the magic of that night. The first two minutes of the song are set to images of Vince stalking up and down the court, measuring his steps, testing the ball’s bounce, surveying the entire scene. Then when the song kicks in, Vince unleashes his venom. The final two minutes of the song are my favorite though with images of the crowd’s reaction spliced all together into one joyous celebration…and he didn’t even need a choir or a crappy Kia.