First, it was Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin; now, it's retired former Seattle SuperSonics star Shawn Kemp. It sure seems to me like Haneef Munir — a.k.a. "Young Hollywood," a spring-loaded 5-foot-10 competition dunker who's appeared in multiple YouTube videos and commercials, and who won the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown — is looking to hop over all the insanely athletic 6-foot-10 power forwards who were especially vicious dunkers in their respective primes. I guess what I'm saying is: Watch your back, Amar'e Stoudemire.
It was an impressive throwdown, no doubt, but it wasn't enough to win Munir the $10,000 grand prize at this past weekend's AND1 Remix Dunk Contest in Philadelphia, which was part of a 12-team, four-day, winner-take-all tournament held by the resurgent shoe brand that saw Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, longtime NBA veteran Stephen Jackson and the retired Kemp each make appearances. Despite Munir rising over the Reign Man, the dunk contest crown went to Guy Dupuy, an Internet-legendary French dunker whom BDL readers might recognize, for completing dunks like this:
Mr. Dupuy will see your Dunk Contest-winning performance, Terrence Ross, and raise you a few youngsters. Young Hollywood would've gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids. (And that is the only kid-related joke that I will make in this post.)
After playing the good sport and proper prop, Kemp chatted for a couple of minutes about why he came down to the AND1 event, what it felt like to get dunked over, the exhilaration of dunking over Leonardo DiCaprio, and more.