Just Dunk

Sports Illustrated, June 1, 2015

JUST DUNK, by Michael McKnight

HE WAS 6’1″ and 42, WITH THREE KIDS AND SMALL PALMS.  HIS GOAL: LEARN HOW TO JAM–HOWEVER LONG IT TOOK

“WITHERING HEIGHTS: That last inch or so is no cinch, the author learned as he pounded the pavement at playgrounds across south L.A.”

He did it, too, after a lot of work.  “Lunges and the like–learned at the gym where Tom Brady (New England Patriots quarterback) built his body–put the author on the right path.”  On the other hand, “A game of tag with my kids meant daggers in my thighs and a gait like Fred Sanford’s (a character played by Redd Fox).”

At this writing the NBA (National Basketball Association) finals are being played.  Thus, the emphasis on basketball and basketball stories.   The basket rim is 10 feet above the floor:  if one is six feet, to get one’s hand with a basketball over the rim to dunk is quite an accomplishment, a jump of about 3 or 4 feet

 

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