Up in the air: Life as a professional dunker

Friday November 15th, 2013

Those crusty basketball purists lament that the dunk is "worth only two points," but in this case, it wasn't even worth that, as the games go by "ones." Still, the rarest of sounds momentarily descended on The Cage.

Chris Staples, who never played college basketball, has parlayed his athleticism into a career as a dunker.
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Chris Staples says he'd have no trouble winning an NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
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"People say, Why aren't you in the NBA? Well, playing in the NBA, that's one job in basketball. And I have another job in basketball," Staples says. "They're both great. I'm doing what I love and I make people happy. And, I mean, it's not like I'm struggling. The way I look at it: I'm a normal guy. It's just that I'm blessed with being able to fly. For a little bit, anyway."

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