MILWAUKEE -- Vince Carter knew it was only a matter of time before the question was coming.
Every time someone out there in the world executes a magnificient breath-taking dunk that takes the world by storm and blows up Twitter, they turn to Carter for his opinion. Why?
Because during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Carter used his 6-6 frame to deliver a vicious tomahawk dunk when he amazingly flew right over Frederic Weiss, the 7-2 French center. It has been dubbed 'The Greatest Dunk Ever' negotiated by anyone in anywhere in the world.
Even the French media declared it as "le dunk de la mort,'' which means The Dunk Of Death.
So on Sunday, when Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan nearly shut down Twitter after he blasted an extremely strong dunk in the face of Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight, quite naturally Carter was asked to rate the latest eye-popping dunk that everyone's talking about.
"It was impressive, it was definitely impressive,'' Carter, the Dallas Mavericks' forward, said after Monday's practice at the Bradley Center. "I don’t know what the young fella (Knight) was thinking about.
"Defensively, he was doing what he was supposed to do as far as being in the spot. But when you see the ball that high in the air and you don’t think that you can get to it, I’d rather just take being yelled at from coach for not being in position than having to deal with that.''
What Knight had to deal with was being aggressively knocked to the floor after Jordan negotiated a mean dunk that had several current and former players of various sports using their Twitter account to express their opinion.
"It had hops, the body control, the finish, the guy laying on the ground like he was shot,'' Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "The whole thing, it was like made up.
"It was unbelievable and it looked like a video game. It was really, really impressive.''
Carter said Knight should have known better and should have gotten out of the way in time before ending up on the wrong end of what will undoubtedly become one of the most memorable dunks in the history of dunks.
"It’s just one of those things,'' Carter said. "Yes, I know it happens in a game.
"But, bam! That’s all I can say.''
-- Dwain Price
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