Mark Jackson knows a few things about devastating dunks. The current Golden State Warriors coach was a victim of one of the all-time great in-your-face slams when he was a member of the New York Knicks. Unfortunately for Jackson, Tom Chambers was at his superhuman best back then, and Jackson made the mistake of trying to step in for a charge while Chambers barreled toward the hoop on a fast break.
The result was not pretty. After taking the full brunt of Chambers’ fury in his chops, Jackson is not easily impressed by run-of-the-mill dunks.
Not even Jackson could pretend not to be impressed with Harrison Barnes‘ dunk over Nikola Pekovic on Saturday, however.
Barnes, a rookie out of North Carolina, destroyed the Minnesota Timberwolves center with an early candidate for dunk of the year. Pekovic is no easy target, either — the guy suffered a painful sprained ankle two weeks ago and refused to use crutches, scoffing that his injury was “only pain.” But the work Barnes put on him Saturda...