It's really good to know that Rodney Stuckey intended to slam the ball through the basket with great ferocity, spatially displacing Chris Bosh in a brusque fashion in the process. Because seriously, that would've been the worst bounce pass ever. Also, if he wasn't even trying to do that, we'd have to start considering Rodney Stuckey as some sort of marvel of modern physiology, or at the very least a miracle man on par with Minnesota's legendary miracle man, Gordon Bombay. So I appreciate the clarification, Detroit Pistons play-by-play man George Blaha. Truly, I do.
Also, and perhaps more importantly, now that we know what an "I mean it" dunk looks like, we may be getting closer to a clear definition of an "I didn't mean it" dunk.
My gut tells me that JaVale McGee taking off from the free-throw line is probably a good starting point, but like Rob Fleming, my guts have [poop] for brains, especially in a world in which Andray Blatche has done stuff like this and this. Both of Blatche's dunks seemed to have a real strong air of "Nope, just kidding!" right at the apex, whereas JaVale just kind of lost the handle, because of course he did.
That said, maybe we should be steering clear of Washington Wizards entirely in this endeavor, because the very nature of their dark magicks seem to dictate an element of intent (however inscrutable). But then, where should we cast our "I didn't mean it" dunk gaze? I refuse to consider stuff like that Phoenix Suns stuntman who accidentally dunked himself; that's a game, not the game, and shares less in common with true basketball whoopsies than with all those injuries in the Spider-Man musical. Using that as our magnetic north would be unseemly.
And so, inspired by the fine work that unmitigated genius Jon Bois has done with his Baseball Questions That Must Be Answered series at SB Nation, I ask you, BDL readers: What is the most "I didn't mean it" dunk of all time?
Leave your answers in the comments below or send them on my way on Twitter (I'm @DevineBoston). It's high time we got to the bottom of this, you guys.
(Oh, and Bosh's Miami Heat beat Stuckey's Pistons 100-94 on Wednesday night, thanks to an "I mean it" 15-0 fourth quarter run.)
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- Rodney Stuckey
- Chris Bosh
- Andray Blatche
- Detroit Pistons