Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Let Shannon Dunk

[Shannon Brown, Mr. Go-Go-Gadget Legs]

There are only 18 days left to cast your votes for the NBA All Star Game!  Seeing as Orange County is Lakers Territory, many of you may have heard of a 6'4" game changer with springs for legs named Shannon Brown. Trevor Ariza (R.I.P. - how good is he doing with The Rockets though?) and Shannon Brown were my favorite players last season - well besides Kobe - obviously. Every time they came off the bench they made things happen. They are forces of nature that can change the momentum of a game in the blink of an eye.

Shannon Brown is fast becoming famous, at least around these parts, for his insane dunks. This guy is athletic beyond belief. Three moments stick out in my mind right now as some of the craziest things I've ever seen:

1. When Delonte West of Atlanta got a turnover and was on the fastbreak for a dunk and Shannon Brown chased him down, jumped up so high he could have jumped over the backboard, and blocked the dunk from behind, and clean I might add (I don't care what the refs ended up calling). Click here to see it and make sure to watch for the reactions of Kobe and Trevor and everyone. It's classic.

2. When he tried to block Kyle Lowry (his look a like) in the playoffs last year with this insanely high jump. And...

3. When he dunked (see here) on Chris The Birdman Anderson in the playoffs last year versus Denver. I bet Cleveland and Chicago are kicking themselves now for not keeping this kid around.

In efforts to get Shannon to the 2010 Slam Dunk Contest, has been erected. You can check out videos from fellow players and announcers encouraging fans to vote as well as a highlight reel of the man himself, although I believe the video doesn't even begin to show the talent of this guy. Which is why I posted the video above. It's longer and includes more goodies. So head over to and lets get Shannon to Dallas! And Kobe and Pau and Ron and Lamar too of course. Now if Ron could just heal up and the bench would show up for a few games the Lakers could be on the road to another Larry O'Brien for the trophy case!  Check out my interviews with Ron Artest and Sasha Vujacic if you missed them in print. Ron Artest is one of the funniest people I've interviewed yet. You've got to check them out if you haven't already!

- Amy
on my iPod: Whiskeytown's "Hard Luck Story"

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