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Tag:Ime Udoka
Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:31 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:38 pm

J.R. Smith dunks on Gary Neal, dunk of the year?

J.R. Smith of the Denver Nuggets dunked on Gary Neal of the San Antonio Spurs. Posted by Ben Golliver

Despite being a huge pain in the neck for Denver coach George Karl, Nuggets guard J.R. Smith has always been able to get up, but it's difficult to remember a time he dunked as viciously on someone as he did on Gary Neal of the San Antonio Spurs. With the first quarter drawing to a close, Smith dribbles the ball up court, shadowed by Spurs wing Ime Udoka. Using a lightning quick but simple right-to-left crossover, Smith penetrates the heart of San Antonio's defense, meeting no resistance. He takes off from outside the protective circle, powering to the rim with both hands. Neal leaves the weakside corner to slide over under Smith, but he rotates late, and Smith propels himself up and over Neal to finish powerfully with both hands. Smith then did a chin-up on the rim for good measure, as the Pepsi Center crowd in Denver went absolutely ballistic. Smith completed the play with just .6 of a second left on the clock and was awarded a free throw for his efforts.  Here's the video. Perhaps the funniest moment of the sequence occurs when the camera cuts to Smith's teammate, Carmelo Anthony, who is watching from Denver's bench. Anthony barely seems fazed, and nods almost as if he is bored.    With this effort, Smith likely put down the best non-Blake Griffin dunk of the year. I'd say this dunk belongs in the same discussion as Griffin's best. Here's a timelapse photo look at the dunk. jr-smith-dunk-gary-neal
Posted on: November 24, 2010 9:39 am
Edited on: November 24, 2010 8:38 pm

Shootaround 11.24.10: Winners and losers

People trying to keep LeBron out of the All-Star Game, Jarrett Jack doubts the Heat, Durant and Beasley as young guns, and T-Will is out of sight, out of mind, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore

  • There's a movement afoot specifically to keep LeBron James out of the All-Star Game. It's things like this that trot the fine line at the nexus of funny, pathetic, and mean. Props for the idea, but just because you don't like a guy's ego, is that really reason to sully a system to honor play that's been in place for decades? And this is all beyond the fact that it would take coaches about forty five seconds to select him as a reserve and then all of a sudden the person atually voted in would have a hamstring injury.
  • Terrence Williams looked like a star in the making last year. Now he's been suspended for two games for "violations of team policy" whle Avery Johnson is talking about him "not getting" it. A perfect example of how a coaching change can dramtically alter a player's forecast. Meanwhile, if Williams is on the block, the Grizzlies and Bulls should both be on the horn to see if they can grab him at a bargain bin price.
  • Jarrett Jack, a winner his whole career except for when he wasn't winning, which was most of his career, is already ready to pack it in on the Heat, saying their failure could curtail others from going the superstar route. In other news, Jack put the cart before the horse and said "Done!" before walking off. The Hornets are 0-1 since Jack arrived, clearly indicating he's not a winner. See what I did there? You see? Because he said ...
  • Spurs fans were joking about Ime Udoka being signed last week, and now it has happened . Still bizarre they thought Udoka was more valuable than Gee.
  • Flip Saunders, getting digs in on Doug Collins. Better hurry to get them in, he may not be around long.
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