Last month, a few million people watched the NBA dunk contest that took place at the Toyota Center during All-Star weekend. A few million people were disappointed. This weekend, right outside of the Toyota Center on a little outside court, a few hundred people gathered around a small court to watch the 4th annual Houston Rockets Blacktop Battle Dunk Contest and not one person left disappointed. Actually most were heard talking about the event hours later saying the dunk exhibition by Isaac White aka Sir Isaac was one of the best they have ever seen. I not only agree, I thought the contest as a whole was one of the most exciting ones I’ve been to in the past couple of years and keep in mind I’ve been to over 20 Sprite Showdowns in the past couple of years.
The majority of the contestants were “average dunkers” that had a nice windmill or 360 here and there but the two best Jay “Got Bounce” Brown and Sir Isaac had security earning their paycheck as the crowd kept wanting to rush the court. Jay’s a newcomer to the dunk game but threw down dunks off one foot as well as some of best 1 foot dunkers in the world like Guy Dupuy and Werm. His between both legs dunk had some worried that Sir Isaac wouldn’t be taking home his 4th straight Blacktop trophy. That worry only lasted for a few minutes until the 5’10″ royal dunker started throwing down dunks with height and power rarely seen in leapers under 6 foot…or any height, anywhere including in the NBA.
NBA players Patrick Beverly and Thomas Robinson were guest judges and from their reactions, it was obvious they had no idea who Isaac was and that they aren’t used to seeing hops like this – maybe they have just been watching too many NBA dunk contests.
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