Mike Tirico’s reaction summed up this dunk perfectly. Dropping the professional veneer that all sportscasters – except perhaps Gus Johnson – take on as part of their job, Tirico stammered “I need to see that again, because I don’t believe what he did!” With these apt words, and the earnest joy in his voice, Tirico channelled the feelings of NBA fans across the country. Dwayne Wade delivered a special play on Wednesday night, the kind that will occupy a place of honor in his career highlight reel when it’s all said and done. With a deft spin move, he slipped between two defenders, rose high in the air, and threw down a thunderous two-handed slam on the hapless Kendrick Perkins. Then to top it all off, he broke out the cabbage patch, adding to the biggest week for the dance in recent memory.
According to The Real XL’s criteria, Wade dunked on Perkins. Hell, according to anyone’s criteria, Wade dunked on Perkins. The only question left is this: Is this the 2011 dunk of the year? Only time will tell, but on Wednesday night, Dwyane Wade submitted a hell of a candidate.
Side note: Is there anyone better to dunk on than Perkins in today’s NBA? He’ll never back down from a challenge, can’t jump, and is always willing to make physical contact with whoever’s driving down the lane. All the ingredients necessary for a great posterization.