Dunkers on dunking
James: "I think certain dunks have that kind of staying power. ...
Bekkering: "All the dunks are being done now. If someone could do double through-the-legs, maybe. It's like the 100-meter dash though, there's only so far you can push the line. The world record is only going to stay at a certain point."
James: "I just read the defense. I'm not looking for a defense that tells me I can drive for a dunk. If it's an opportunity where I'll be able to break down a defense or there's no help-side help, you want to pick [your spots] through the course of the game."
Wilkins: "It was all instinctive. Everything I did was all instinctive. Nothing I really practiced on."
Bekkering: "My dad is 6-5 and could jump. When he was 50, he could still dunk. He was a school-board member and schools used to get him to come into pep rallies, to talk about fund-raisers or whatever, and teachers all knew him and they'd all be, 'Dunk it, dunk it,' and so he would. Dress clothes and everything."
James: "A powerful dunk can definitely get your team excited and your crowd excited. [An example is] in the playoffs last year when I drove the lane and dunked on
Wilkins: "A lot of people joke, 'I bet I can dunk on you.' I say, 'I'm old, but not that old yet. How much money you got in your pocket?'"
Davis: "All you can do is talk about when you could. That's it. I know that day is coming for me, when I got to tell some of the younger guys, 'Man, I used to be able to' ... I once thought, I'll never say that. But they come and they leave, your hops go."
Bekkering: "To an extent it kind of mystifies people. You're getting up there and getting high. It doesn't look real, it makes them have awe that they can't do it. That's why people go so crazy over the dunking."