Imagine being the 12th man on an NBA roster. You live for the garbage time in blow out games and if you work hard in practice, you may climb up the depth chart.
Many are grateful for the opportunity, but long for their shining moment to prove that they belong in the league.
James White’s shining moment will be tonight.
The man they call “Flight” will represent the Knicks in tonight’s Slam Dunk Contest in Houston. Many do not know who James White is and tonight will be the night that he makes a name for himself.
The nickname “Flight” is well deserved as White has competed in multiple dunk contests in the past. At only 28 years old, he has competed in these contests in high school, college, the D-League and overseas. He has finished second in two of them and won the 2008 Beko All-star Slam Dunk Contest in Turkey.
If you are doubting or unsure of White’s dunking skills, take a look at this video of him in that 2008 dunk contest overseas (If you are pressed for time, fast forward to the 4:45 mark of this video for the most impressive dunk you will ever see).
James White’s Impressive Dunk Contest in Turkey
If White hasn’t used up his entire arsenal of dunks in his multiple dunk contests, his experience will give him an advantage over the other competitors. White’s ability to convert long distance dunks as well as his incredible jumping ability will be the reason why he will win tonight’s contest.
If Steve Novak fails to appease the New York fan base in tonight’s 3-point contest, expect White to do so as a way to cap off the night.
And if White does that, he will finally get that shining moment that he has been waiting for. The spotlight is on you James, what will you do with it?
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