Tarron “The Best” Williams wins the 2013 RedBull King of the Rock event | 5’5 Porter Maberry dunks at Alcatraz
5’5 Porter Maberry took a trip with Blake Griffin, Red Bull, the Golden State Warriors cheerleaders and 64 players from 19 different countries to Alcatraz Island for the latest King of the Rock event. The YouTube phenom who stands two inches shorter than Spud Webb put on a dunking exhibition for the large crowd of ballers before the main event where they played one-on-one games in the cold night for the title and a $20,000 check.
Two time defending champ, Huge “Baby Shaq” Jones, most recently seen tearing up defenses on the Ballup tour, was the victim of some bad refereeing and took an early exit in the tournament which allowed all of the others ballers an even shot at winning the title. That title would go to 36 year old Tarron Williams aka The Beast who wasn’t able to participate during Baby Shaq’s reign due to injuries but didn’t feel like he an underdog going into the competition.
“I didn’t feel like no underdog because everybody knows what I’m capable of and I played to my potential,” said Williams afterward, trophy in hand. “L.A. guys know my potential and know how I play. The rest of the guys didn’t know nothing about me. It was a surprise for a lot of them.”
Here’s Andy Kamenetzky’s recap of the finals from RedBull.com
A Final Four match against fellow American Santwon Latunde went into overtime after the exhausted competitors managed just five points each. Williams quickly pulled ahead, but also suffered leg cramps severe enough to require assistance from the trainers. Already playing on a never-repaired torn meniscus from 2011, “The Beast” battled in the Finals through gritted teeth, living up to a nickname bestowed upon him by former NBA All-Star Baron Davis after a contest spent destroying opponents down low. That same formula secured a thoroughly one-sided thrashing over the physically outmatched Sergio de la Fuente of Spain.
Check out the full contest from last year’s event.