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The Slamdunk

With the NBA Allstar game around the corner, today was a good idea to do a post around the same. Actually, this post is about one of ours & everyone else’s who watches the NBA’s favourite play, the SLAMDUNK!!! Over a period of time, since the ABA & Dr. J (Julius Erving popularised this great feat) the slamdunk has come a long & high way ;-).

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My brother, Mihir, & I have been watching basketball since forever. Although initially, we didn’t really watch it for the love of the game.. actually we did; we used to play Tecmo Basketball on the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) & that, over a period of time, got us familiar with the teams and the players. Soon we migrated to watching the game. This was around the time cable TV was introduced to India & ESPN & Starsports were broadcasting matches. Anyways, the Slamdunk & its versions, the tip-in dunk & the alley-oop, were our all time favorite things to watch in the game. We also followed some great dunkers & their exploits; to name a few – Clyde Drexler, Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Scottie Pippen, Spud Webb, Shawn Kemp, Kobe Bryant,  etc. etc.. For all those interested in seeing the history of the Slamdunk Contest check the link http://www.nba.com/history/allstar/slamdunk_year_by_year.html ; also below is the video for the Top 10 dunks of all time in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest:

Moving on….. what i wanted to talk about was the evolution of the sport and my top few dunkers. Let me start by talking about my most favorite dunkers & my top 5 in order are – at number 1 – The Reign Man, Shawn Kemp number 2 – Half Man Half Amazing, Vince Carter & current favorite at number – 3 Blake Griffin. Vince & Blake both have been Slamdunk Contest winners; Kemp, on the other hand, hasn’t won any Slamdunk Contests yet, though his Alley-Oops courtesy Gary Payton and his insane in-game dunks are absolutely revolutionary. Vince Carter’s showing in the 2000 dunk contest is probably the greatest showing in the history of the NBA Slamdunk contest ever!!! Blake also showcased some amazing dunks during his winning run in 2011, his bounce ball off the board elbow dunk was very cool & his over the car dunk was a showcase event. Also, through the years, the dunk competetion has seen a great many dunkers like Jason Richardson, Nate Robinson, the only 3 time winner, Gerald Green, Josh Smith, Dwight Howard, etc. Don’t miss Vince Carter’s performance in the Slam Dunk Contest, check the below video:

Dwight Howard, one of the few big men who won the crown in 2008 with the Superman dunk, which according to me is when the dunk evolved…. Dwight jumped so high that he actually threw the ball downwards into the rim from far. Further to that, and since then, Blake Griffin has taken that to another level with his crazy dunks over Kendrick Perkins & Pau Gasol. His teammate, DeAndere Jordan, also matches Blake’s ability to fly, and showcases monstorous dunks regularly. Gerald Green, with his insane dunk, wherein his head was above the rim & then he decides to windmill the same………. insane, I tell you. Then there is Jawal Mcgee who, according to me, should have been a co winner with Blake Griffin in the slamdunk contest. This guy is a freak of nature,  with the arm span he has…… every time he dunks his hand is above the white box! All these guys have taken the art of dunking to the next level. A worthy mention here is The King, Lebron James, who as per me, has some of the most insane & powerful ingame dunks! When he jumped over John Lucas the 3rd, it was a sight which not many will ever forget! Blake vs. Jawal in the video below:

This year’s competetion features some great dunkers, though, no real superstar … which is a bummer :-(. NBA, take notice! Get Lebron, Blake & a few others to take part. Having said that, the competition this year features……click on the hyperlinks to see highlights of the participants:

2013 Eastern Conference Sprite Slam Dunk Competitors

Gerald Green (Indiana) Terrence Ross (Toronto) James White (New York)

2013 Western Conference Sprite Slam Dunk Competitors

Eric Bledsoe (L.A. Clippers) Jeremy Evans (Utah) Kenneth Faried (Denver)

My pick? I don’t have a single one, but will go with boys from the eastern conference – each of them has insane ups!!!

Intresting Trivia:

1) Nate Robinson has won the contest thrice as part of the New York Knicks

2) Three Atlanta Hawks have won the Slamdunk Contest – Dominique, Spudd & Josh Smith

3) Julius Erving never won the NBA contest but won it when it was a part of the ABA

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Bikers & Gamers

So when we aren’t on the bike & not at work, what we do is watch sitcoms, movies and pursue our passion – GAMING.

It’s been a while since we (when I say we, I mean Milind, Rachita, Amit and Aditi) have been playing games. It started with my Dad getting us an Atari console from Dubai; before that I had a pong machine but never respected it much – anyways we were hooked to the Atari; games like Berserk, Pitfall Harry, Snoopy and the Red Baron, Pacman, etc…. At the same time, my uncle used to buy us handheld Nintendo games – single screen, dual screen, multi screen, panorama screen….. you name it we had it – we were very spoiled kids, if anyone has a problem with that –  deal with it!

Anyway, the fascination with games kept getting stronger. One fine day we got a Samurai – this was the Nintendo entertainment system desi version, pretty much changed the way we played games – Mario, Puch- Out, Track & Field, Rad Racer, Excite Bike, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Basketball, Final Fantasy all became accessible and the only thing we spent money on was games. We would even get cartridges from the US, get them converted here so you could play NTSC games on Pal consoles; I remember my first converted game was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Parallel to this, we bought the Sega Genesis and that started an internal battle of budgeting; Nintendo games played awesome, while Sega games looked great some of them played also very well; Sonic, Duck Tales, Eternal Champions, Phantasy Star 2 and so on; by this time we were obsessed…. we use to call Nintendo America for tips on games, by every possible magazine out there…you get my drift :-)!

A few more years went buy, magazines started showcasing the Super Nintendo, games like Street Fighter became all the craze. As usual we had to own it, so we got our uncle to order it from Dubai with the Super Mario, Super Tennis and Super WWF game. The console was insane! It introduced us to multiple paralaxing,  mode7, 3D, polygons and many such innovations. I remember playing the newly released Street Fighter till our thumbs went numb and were bruised purple. By now, we were complete fanatics, buying multiple versions of a game was very normal – for example Mortal Kombat was ordered from a vendor but because another guy got it first, we would buy both, just to play the game first. The SNES took us to new levels of insanity, we would exchange old games for new; at a point we would buy a new game everyday…While all this was happening, we experimented with various other consoles also, namely the Sega Saturn, Amiga, Neo Geo just to name a few.

The next shift came with the launch of the Playstation – I remember Milind and I selling stuff to buy the machine – the first couple of games we got were NFL, NBA and Resident Evil. An interesting thing to note was this was our third CD-Rom based console but we battered it and how, the console would remain on for hours sometimes even days; the 4 of us: Milind, Ameet, Aditi and I, spent a good portion of our life putting the console through its paces. I don’t think consoles are even stress tested to the limit we pushed the one we had. Next was another big game changer the Playstation 2 – I remember we were the first to own it, it used to run with a Sbox mod which would let us use bootleg content on the machine. The PS2 actually took our obsession and channelized it into some line of business, it also exposed us to insane amount of content. Parallel to this, we bought the Xbox but due to limited titles available it just did not fly with us. This was the time Rachita also got very involved with gaming.

That’s a lot of writing and that’s just the tip of the iceberg – currently we own the PS3, Xbox360 and the Nintendo Wii – the dominant machine is the 360 its truly the next generation of gaming – you can’t tell real from virtual. GTA, LA Noire, Top Spin, NBA 2K and so on…an interesting thing here is right from our Nintendo days Basketball games have been a constant, consoles change but the Basketball games always remain. It’s funny… today we have the ability to buy whatever games we want, and we buy only original, but the fight for time has made our gaming sessions a weekly or an hourly activity. I am hoping the same will change for the better going forward…………

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Bikes & Builders

 

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