11.06.2006

White Flight

Note: This was written prior to Shoals post, and I'm too lazy to make any changes. If loving dunk contests is bourgeois, then I don't want to be proletarian.



I just wanted to let everyone know that the best dunker in the world now resides in San Antonio. The other day I said it was too early to officially start my Free Flight White campaign, but fuck it, let’s make it official. I need to see more of this man. I’ve exhausted his YouTube collection and need new material. Be sure to look for his between the legs flush from the free throw line. The video quality is poor, but it usually is with physical phenomena this improbable. You don’t see clean images of Bigfoot do you? I went with this clip because of the dunk variety, the dancing, and the Shakey Dog soundtrack. Consider it Phase II in my plan to make DLIC’s head explode by linking Tone to the Spurs.

Like the Bride visiting Pai Mei, James White has journeyed to a remote location to train at the feet of a harsh and uncompromising Master. Pop’s plan to co-opt J.R. may have failed, but he’s found a more than adequate alternative for the League minimum. At a LONG 6’7, White is an ideal protégé for Bowen. Factor in his McDonald’s All-American pedigree, background in sprinting and Cincy psych degree, and you have one hell of an unholy alliance. Still, he will struggle to find minutes any time soon, and it’s always hard to predict how a player will fit in. However, whether or not White sticks with the Spurs, rest assured that Pop will find someway to ensure that Bowen's legacy carries on.

18 Comments:

At 11/06/2006 5:03 PM, Anonymous aug said...

I knew he was at UF for awhile and then transfered. I haven't seen much game footage of him. Does he do anything but dunk? I hope so. I don't know if i can get behind the cause if he's a one note. Even if he is athletic. There isn't much mystery from what i've seen so far. Speaking of similarly sized athletic guys in the nba. Here comes travis outlaw. Hope you're all ready.

 
At 11/06/2006 5:11 PM, Blogger Nate said...

That was incredible! I hope he's in the slam dunk contest this year!

 
At 11/06/2006 5:43 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

flight will D people up on occasion, too. that's his best bet to see the floor for general pop. i'm pretty sure he was a high jumper, though, not a sprinter.

aug--i've been a travis outlaw fan ever since i saw him at an AAU tourney back in, uh, i don't remember exactly--like 2001? he and sean banks were the best players there. let's hope that unlike banks, travis DOESN'T live up to his name.

 
At 11/06/2006 5:45 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

i can't believe you just made an "outlaw the outlaw" joke

 
At 11/06/2006 5:49 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

well, outlaw does play for the JAILBLAZERS!

 
At 11/06/2006 8:14 PM, Blogger Chief said...

I have a high res version of this whole contest in .AVI format, if you are interested I can post it. This college dunk-off basically puts the NBA's to shame.

 
At 11/06/2006 8:33 PM, Blogger Nate said...

Chief: PLEASE post that asap!

 
At 11/06/2006 10:00 PM, Blogger spinachdip said...

The first (and pretty much last) time I saw James White on TV was at the McDonald's All American slam dunk contest.

It looked like David Lee had won it by bouncing the ball, taking off his jersey before dunking it. And then his Florida classmate White did that windmill with the run up from half court. The place went nuts.

 
At 11/06/2006 11:33 PM, Anonymous static kid said...

Wasn't he in the same Florida recruiting class as Kwame as well? It seemed like such a huge coup for Billy Donovan at the time, but pretty much fizzled out to nothing.

I seem to remember Slam naming him one of the greatest dunkers of all time before he ever played a college game (so like 5 years ago or so). Kind of surreal to see him actually in the league, though I'm happy that he got picked up by someone.

 
At 11/07/2006 12:13 AM, Blogger Nate said...

If he makes that through the leg dunk from the free throw line in an NBA Dunk contest, dude will blow up...He better enter this year's dunk contest!

 
At 11/07/2006 12:14 AM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

yeah, kwame, david lee, and james white were all in the same recruiting class for florida. only lee really panned out, and then they won the championship the year after he left. anthony roberson was holding that team back.

 
At 11/07/2006 5:37 AM, Anonymous Kaifa said...

And think about it, those James White dunks were before he got access to the good NBA drugs... I mean training, of course.

 
At 11/07/2006 10:43 AM, Blogger Nate said...

y'all had me watching James White highlights on You Tube all night. That free throw line through the legs Jam might be the greatest dunk of all time. Seriously!

 
At 11/07/2006 4:52 PM, Blogger R.G. said...

I wore out the rewind button on my remote control watching that contest last year. Ridiculous.

 
At 11/07/2006 7:56 PM, Anonymous db said...

is not making the roster freedarko?

i wouldn't be so quick to romanticize james white in SA. even generally solid rotation players like barry, mohammed, nesterovic, et al, get yanked around larry brown style over there. pop is much more whimsical with his favor than people think. i see him being a cheap project that eventually has to find his home elsewhere.

 
At 11/08/2006 1:01 AM, Blogger Sandman said...

I was at that college dunk contest with a couple of my buddies. Hands down better than anything I have seen from the NBA in a long, long time. Seeing White in person make those dunks was insane. You can't see much of the crowd in those shots, which is a shame because there was about to be a riot when he made that windmill free throw line dunk. If he made that last one the crowd probably would have just rushed the court and burned the place to the ground! It was that insane.

On a side note it was an awesome place for an event like that. An old as hell fieldhouse with so much history (think Hoosiers) packed to capacity. No crazy lighting, no crazy music, no special affects, no DJ's, just a standing room only gym crowd loving every minute of what they see. Simply Amazing!

 
At 11/08/2006 1:04 AM, Blogger Sandman said...

Too bad my Pacers couldn't keep him. Even after we traded up in the draft for him. Althogh Rawell Marshell did have like 17 tonight and that is who took White's roster spot.

 
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