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Cartwheel dunk featuring Nike’s Hyperdunk+ space shoes wins contest

A dude named Justin “Jus Fly” Darlington won the Nike LA dunk contest last Friday by doing a cartwheel before slamming down. But forget the cartwheel dunk which is impressive to say the least, my focus is on the shoes he was wearing.

These shoes take statistics while you’re running/jumping and send them directly to your iPhone? Excuse me while my mind featuring a ’90s upbringing that consisted solely of pumped up kicks and second-hand Air Jordans needs a couple minutes to compute. This is unreal. I need my “speed,” “quickness,” and “hustle” measured and I need it measured now. I bet I have 10x as much hustle as LeBron ever had.

Just another brilliant marketing campaign by Nike. Every kid in the country is going to need to measure the previously (and currently) immeasurable attribute of “hustle” against each other. But the shoes themselves seem legit.

Nike apparently had a little help from this organization called NASA to develop these wonder shoes known as Hyperdunk+, which are being released at the end of June. A material known as Lunar Foam was used to help construct these shoes. Lunar Foam is something I can only assume is a combination of webbing created by Peter Parker and dried Superman piss. If any other lesser material was used then consider this shoe a fraud.

Russell Westbrook’s alley-oop from Kevin Durant was jaw-dropping (Video)

Russell Westbrook may only be 6’3″ and 187 pounds, but he’s still one the most forceful dunkers in the NBA. Late in the second quarter of the Thunder-Kings game Friday night, Westbrook took a pass from Kevin Durant and threw down a ridiculous one-handed alley-oop with tremendous power. My mouth was literally wide open after watching the sick play.

Apparently so was Durant’s. He told The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry after the game that Westbrook’s dunk could be the best of the year.

That was one of the most athletic plays I’ve ever seen,” Durant said. “I think it was probably the dunk of the year. He’s had plenty of highlights. But this one was unreal because of how high he jumped and how much he cocked it back.

At 6-3, I’ve never seen nothing like that,” Durant said.

Blake Griffin dunks over Pau Gasol on thunderous follow (Video)

Blake Griffin was at it again Wednesday doing what he does best: throwing down ridiculously fierce dunks. He scored the Clippers’ first points in their game against the Lakers by following a Randy Foye missed three with a dunk over Pau Gasol.

As if that dunk wasn’t enough, Griffin threw down on Gasol AGAIN. Here was his monster dunk from the third quarter:

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Blake Griffin dunks hard on Channing Frye (Video)

The fourth quarter of the Clippers-Suns game Wednesday became a dunking clinic for Blake Griffin. The Clippers All-Star forward threw down a monstrous jam off a pick and roll pass from Chris Paul and just buried Channing Frye late in the game. It wasn’t as powerful as Blake’s dunk on Kendrick Perkins, but it was easily one of the better dunks in his career. Griffin finished with 27 and 14 in the 103-86 win.

Blake Griffin dunks over half the Nuggets (Video)

Blake Griffin has put together several monster dunks during his short NBA career, and this is easily one of my favorites. Griffin, who once infamously tea-bagged Timofey Mozgov when the latter was with the Knicks, nearly repeated history Wednesday. Blake dunked over (or around) three Nuggets players in the third quarter of the Clippers’ 103-95 win. Griffin had 27 and 12, but those two were easily the most impressive. I honestly liked it as much as the Kendrick Perkins dunk.

D-II player Kwame Alexander goes flying in awesome dunk (Video)

This is Cal State San Bernardino forward Kwame Alexander. As you can see in the video, Kwame can jump high and Kwame can jump far. When Kwame jumps high and far, he looks like Superman flying towards the basket.

That incredible posterization seen above took place Friday against Cal State Stanislaus and is one of the best dunks we’ve seen this year. Even LeBron and Blake Griffin would have to be impressed (though LeBron better not tweet about it lest he feel the wrath of Kendrick Perkins).

Via Deadspin, The Dagger

Blake Griffin Posterizes Kendrick Perkins for the Dunk of the Year (Video)

What constitutes a dunk? When I first saw this video I was insanely impressed, but I was wondering if it qualifies as a dunk since Blake Griffin didn’t even touch the rim. According to Webster’s dictionary, it does: “A shot in which a player near the basket jumps with the ball and attempts to thrust it through the basket with one hand or both hands held above the rim.” Check and check.

Since we already knew Griffin was capable of throwing down dunks like this one and this one, he has to really work hard to make our jaws drop.  His dunk on Kendrick Perkins Monday night did exactly that.  How did he make the ball go in the hoop there? It pains me to even say that Perkins got posterized, because there was absolutely nothing more he could have done.  Perhaps Blake was trying to make up for that missed alley-oop from a couple weeks ago?  Between LeBron literally jumping over someone and now this, it has been a good few days for monster jams.