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Suns' Gerald Green hammers home off-the-practice-gym-wall windmill dunk (Video)

When Gerald Green made it clear before the start of last season that he's through with the Slam Dunk Contest, we understood the move, but it still bummed us out a bit. On one hand, Green has already competed in three All-Star Weekend dunk competitions — winning in 2007, placing second in 2008, and failing to make the finals in 2013 — and, at age 28, was eager to leave behind his "just a dunker" reputation as he began his first year with the Phoenix Suns. He did a pretty good job of it, too, finishing fourth in Most Improved Player voting after averaging a career-high 15.8 points per game and shooting a sterling 40 percent from 3-point land for a surprising Suns squad that came within one win of the final Western Conference playoff berth.

On the other hand, though ... I mean, Green is really good at dunking.

I'm all for fadeaway game-winners and third-quarter explosions to beat the MVP that wind up getting immortalized in video game form. But there's just something about watching Green's dunks — so effortless in his explosion, so furious in his finishes, with hang time that seems more amenable to measurement with a sundial than a stopwatch — that makes you want to see him do it forever, even if he'd prefer to move on.

Luckily for us, the former preps-to-pros leaper still spends some time during the offseason showing off his springs. Luckier still: he rolls with people who know when to hit record.

Reasonable people can differ as to which flavor of off-the-wall practice-gym throw down they prefer — Blake Griffin's, LeBron James', Anthony Davis' or Green's. But I think we can all agree that the basketball world's a more fun place when Gerald's launching, levitating and lowering the boom. By all means, keep working on that jumper and those defensive slides to become a better all-around player, Gerald. Just give us some of these every once in a while, too, OK?

Hat-tip to my former boss, J.E. Skeets of The Starters.

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