Dunk-master DeRozan readies for All-Star duel
Old 01-20-2010, 01:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A lithe 6-foot-7, DeRozan is an equal opportunity dunker, going off either one leg or two and capable of throwing down with either hand. As in the highlight play against New York last week, when he couldn't control a lob with his right hand so he switched in mid-air to hammer it down with his left.

At the moment, of course, DeRozan is really only half an entrant in the contest. He and Clippers guard Eric Gordon will participate in the league's first Dunk-In, a wrinkle of a round added this year to spread some of the Slam Dunk's wonderfulness to an extra night -- and fill a time gap at halftime of the Rookie Challenge game, when even broadcast analysts don't have too much to say. The winner will be determined by viewers who can cast their votes by text message or online at NBA.com, and DeRozan and Gordon will get just two dunks each to impress the vast panel of judges and advance to the weekend's next night.

Might sound like pressure, but it isn't any more than DeRozan felt when he first dunked -- he was in sixth grade. "Just outside on the playground, trying to show off for the eighth graders,'' he said. "I wasn't that tall. I was just hyped to dunk for the first time.'' From there, DeRozan advanced to Compton High in Los Angeles, averaging 29.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and three steals as a senior. He won the slam dunk title at McDonald's All-America game for prep stars, getting perfect scores on his final two makes. On the last one, he bounced the ball off the backboard, smacked the glass with one hand and dunked with the other


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Old 01-20-2010, 02:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I for one can't wait to see DeMar do his thing. I think a lot of Raptor fans are going to be surprised at just how high this guy can get up.

Depending on how he does it could be a turning point for him too.
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Like i said earlier, i'd like to see him bring Sonny with him and do something with him. Get Sonny to bounce the ball up into the backboard and Demar can jump over him and slam the rebound. That be cool.
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Like i said earlier, i'd like to see him bring Sonny with him and do something with him. Get Sonny to bounce the ball up into the backboard and Demar can jump over him and slam the rebound. That be cool.
thats actually a good one
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've watched a few DeMar dunk videos on youtube from his high school days. Do you guys think he gets up HIGH!? I just don't see him getting up that high...his head is no where hear the rim.... I think his vertical might not allow him to do something he maybe capable of...
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I for one can't wait to see DeMar do his thing. I think a lot of Raptor fans are going to be surprised at just how high this guy can get up.

Depending on how he does it could be a turning point for him too.
I really hope you're right, man. I find some of the youtube clips I've watched a bit strange. In the McDonalds high school all-american dunk contest, DD looked like he was flying. But during a lot of his pro and college "in game" dunks, he doesn't seem to be up quite as high. I guess we'll have to wait and see. It should be exciting.
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Yeah, you're right. His "show" dunks are incredible, Vince Carter-esque. He doesn't really demonstrate the same goods in-game though, which I don't really understand.

Either way I'm excited.
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Can't wait for this. I hope DD gets into the actual competition.
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hes gonna have to walk a fine line of not showing his best for the dunk in, but having enough to beat gordon... should be fun

lol the picture on the nba homepage is when he got rejected by delfino i think? it looked good at the start tho
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Aren't derozan and gordon in the rookie-soph game as well? Will they not be tired after playing?
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Demar is gonna so destroy Gordon
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Aren't derozan and gordon in the rookie-soph game as well? Will they not be tired after playing?
I am not sure that DeRozan is on the rookie team. Has it been announced yet? His numbers don't seem to give him a shot. And here's a recent article excluding him.

http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=15023
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Aren't derozan and gordon in the rookie-soph game as well? Will they not be tired after playing?
It's gonna take place at half-time, so I don't think either will be tired after playing 10-12 minutes or so. ANd the game isn't a grind it out. It's like playing hoops in the park with friends. There's no D.
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