On a recent episode of The Big Podcast with Shaquille O’neal, Shaq said only 3 people have ever “dunked on” him: Derrick Coleman, Tim Perry and Michael Jordan. One of the names not mentioned by Shaq is 5’9 Nate Robinson and that’s because Nate’s dunk on Shaq happened during a Celtics’ practice when an unsuspecting Shaq had his back turned to Nate while standing under the rim. Even though Shaq wasn’t ready, it was still cool and impressive to see a guy under 6 foot dunk on Shaq.
On Tuesday (late, late) night, TNT aired the final episode of The Dunk King, which saw 5’5 Porter Maberry, who lists Nate Robinson as one of his idols, win the $100k prize by jumping OVER the 7’1 Shaq. OVER! Not on, by or near. I repeat, Porter Maberry jumped over Shaquille O’neal and threw down a dunk. Yes, Shaq was bending over a little but Porter is only 5’5 – 4 inches shorter than Nate Robinson and 2 inches shorter than former NBA dunk champ Spud Webb.
As impressive as that dunk was, some felt Kenny Dobbs got robbed in the contest since Porter’s 1st dunk in the event was a similar dunk – using two guys to make a 7-footer – and Dobb’s had two of the most creative dunks in dunk contest history: the first was a between the legs over 3 people while blindfolded and the 2nd was dunking over a guy on fire!
And a special shout out goes to Jordan “viral dunker in jeans” Kilganon for this insanity.
The only thing I’m going to say is congrats to all of the contestants and we need a season 2 rematch – double or nothing!
PORTER MABERRY POST CONTEST INTERVIEW
Is Shaq the tallest player you have ever jumped over?
Shaq man whew! That dunk was crazy but he’s the same height as a guy I jumped over in Europe two summers ago. But by far Shaq was the hardest because he is so wide! 7’1, I’m still trying to figure out how I did it.
Do you think you could dunk over 7’2 or 7’3?
I believe I can do anything my man. I’m a adrenaline dunker, so you put the challenge in front of me, I’m going to figure out how to get it done! I believe I could dunk over Yao Ming!
Was Shaq nervous about letting you jump over him?
At first Shaq kept shaking his head no. Brent Barry actually was the first one to say maybe you can jump over the big fella and he was like I don’t think so. But as I kept making it through the contest he finally decided to let me do it!
Was 5’7 Spud Webb or Nate Robinson and inspiration for you?
They are my biggest inspiration. I think Nate more than spud because I grew up watching Nate. He was my idol. I wanted to be just like him in every way! I’ve even gotten multiple tattoos that he has and my Instagram name is HEARTOVERHEIGHT, something he started! I just wanted to bring more to it that no matter what, no matter how small you are you can make a big impact!
Give me 3 dunks from your competitors that impressed you the most
I would have to say in this order.
1. Myree dunking over the car was the craziest dunk man. I didn’t think he was going to do it and for the first dunk mannnnn!!!
2: Young Hollywood’s “Armageddon dunk” which is dunks between legs over a guy and dunks another ball in on with a guy holding it in on the ladder!
3: Guys dunks over the three motorcycles was crazy!
If the NBA gave you a shot at Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon, do you think you would beat them?
Yes! No doubt. Those guys are amazing but I go out there feeling like I can beat anyone! Aaron and zach I’m ready! 2017, let’s make it happen! NBA I’m ready!