James White Interview about competing in the NBA dunk contest | Rare 1st feature from Ball Above All VHS
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7 years after being drafted, James “Flight” White will finally be able to show the world his dunking ability that dunk aficionados have known about since the days of HoopsTV and the 2001 VHS Ball Above All that did a feature on White in high school. Despite losing the McDonalds High School (to David Lee) and the NCAA (to David Noel) dunk contest, his free throw dunks from those event remain as some of the most memorable dunks of all-time. After a short stint in the NBA, White bounced around and won dunk contests all around the world from Russia to Turkey to Italy. Earlier this season, White made his re entry to the NBA by signing with the Knicks and back in December, K1x signed White to endorse their brand along with the Anti-Gravity sneakers.
Yesterday the NBA officially announced that White will be in the 2013 NBA Dunk Contest along with 5 (not 3) other great dunkers and that news caused the most excitement for a NBA dunk contest since the wheel was announced. Obviously i’m kidding about the wheel but i’m not kidding when I say the dunk contest is back and I don’t mean it like Magic Johnson who says it every year. The Dunk contest is really back.
Check out this interview by K1x with James White via Slam
K1X: What does the selection to the Slam Dunk Contest during the All-Star Game in Houston mean for you personally?
James White: It’s an honor just to be involved with the NBA at all. But to be honest with you, I have been waiting for this opportunity my whole life. Pretty much ever since I participated in my first dunk contest.
K1X: You have been doing your thing in Turkey. In Russia. In Italy. Now Houston is up next. Do you feel like you have come full circle?
JW: Definitely. It’s a dream come true. I’m very thankful for this opportunity.
K1X: Did you prepare for it? Or do you know which dunks you’re going to do?
JW: To be honest, I never practice dunks. I just do whatever comes to my mind.
K1X: But when do you decide what you want to do? Do you decide in mid-air? Granted, you do have a little bit of time up there.
JW: [Laughs] I have a general idea of what I want to do when I take the ball and get ready to jump. Everybody knows that I have the dunks from the free throw line and all that stuff in my back pocket. I can always pull those out. I watch what my competition does in the dunk contest and then decide which of my dunks I will do. I have about five dunks where I’m absolutely certain that I will get a 50 on those. So it’s just a matter of when to use which of those dunks.
Have fun out there doing it. That’s the most important thing though. If you think to much about it you will never be loose enough to get it done.
K1X: You told me you try to dunk as rarely as possible now. Have you been saving your dunks?
JW: [Smiles] Yeah, I’m a little older now (30). I just try to save my legs as much as possible and not dunk on every occasion. For example, I stopped dunking during warmup before the games and just do lay-ups instead.
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K1X: But the bounce is still there?
JW: Oh yeah. No doubt. I can still get up there.
K1X: You were a pretty successful track athlete in high school and college.
JW: I guess you can say that. I won the state championship in high school in long jump, high jump and the triple jump. And when I went to Florida, I walked on the track team there.
K1X: And technically you would have qualified for the Olympics, right?
JW: That’s right. When I went to Cincinnati, I did the high jump in long jump in the offseason. And with the long jump, I met the Olympic standard but never pursued that path any further.
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