Back in July when James White slipped on a New York Knicks shooting shirt for Summer League practice, the question had to be asked.
2013 NBA Slam Dunk Contest?
The high-flying underground dunk star confidently answered, “That’s one of my goals this year is to try to get in there.”
Fast forward to Thursday, just nine days before the annual aerial event and the league is ready to welcome James “Flight” White to the marquee stage on All-Star Saturday night. From Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, and Amar’e Stoudemire to rap star Wale on his twitter account, the masses have been clamoring for White to take flight.
“It’s been since high school basically. I’ve been on some mixtapes and things like that, so I’ve been doing it for a while. A lot of people know me for that, so I’m used to that,” White said in July.
The Knicks swingman will join Steve Novak (3-Point Shootout), Anthony, and Tyson Chandler as the team will be well represented during the league’s midseason showcase. However, he will face a tough road to the title against some elite leapers such as, Gerald Green, Terrence Ross, Eric Bledsoe, Jeremy Evans, and Kenneth Faried.
Watching White’s awe-inspiring aerial assault on YouTube is a joy for dunk enthusiasts. He owns the prototypical build for a rim-rattling specialist at 6-7 and 215 pounds. The highlight film clearly shows White’s ability to launch from all angles, especially the free throw line where he completed a legit behind the line dunk. Off one foot, White seamlessly launches off a pad and can execute a variety of windmill and between the legs dunks. It’s no surprise White qualified for NCAA Regionals in the high jump and triple jump for C-USA in 2004.
Houston is now the location for White to show off his dunk exploits in front of a cast of NBA All-Stars. For the next nine days, the buzz will build to a whole new level as fans prepare for White’s Flight.
Make sure to stay tuned to KnicksNow.com for complete coverage as White prepares for the Dunk Contest on February 16.