Believe it or not, a 30-year-old NBA journeyman who has played a total of 229 minutes for the Knicks this season has a reputation. He’s one of the world’s best dunkers.
James “Flight” White has won dunk contests before, and he’s the favorite to win tonight’s Slam Dunk contest during All-Star weekend in Houston.
“He may not be a household name, but James’ dunking prowess is unrivaled,” said Dan Curtin, one of White’s agents. “Nobody else can do the dunks he can, and especially from the distance that he can do it. When he was at the University of Cincinnati, he qualified for the Olympic trials in the high jump and long jump on a whim. He’s an amazing athlete.”
White’s father, James III, realized his son had special athletic capabilities as early as age 12 growing up in the D.C. area.
“He took Tae Kwon Do and won his age group in Maryland two years in a row,” White III said. “He was also a wide receiver and running back. But around the 10th grade, he dropped the other sports and focused on basketball.”
White first became known for his dunking capabilities during his high school years, which finished at the Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.
“Getting local [dunking] renown helped him to prepare for the national scene, as far as the dunking was concerned,” his dad said.
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New York Post | Feb 16