By Connor Yahn
LOS ANGELES – Larry Nance Jr. failed to win the NBA Slam Dunk contest like his father did 34 years prior, but that doesn’t mean Saturday night wasn’t special for the Nance family.
On his first attempt of the competition, Nance Jr. wasted no time paying homage to his father’s iconic cradle dunk that vaulted him over Julius Erving in the inaugural 1984 contest.
Nance Jr. changed out of his Cleveland Cavaliers warmup gear at center court with the assistance of quick-change artists who had performed earlier in the evening. He emerged in his father’s retro Phoenix Suns’ uniform and proceeded to replicate the dunk he had seen countless times growing up as his father appeared to tear up courtside.
By Connor Yahn
COMPTON, Calif. — DeMar DeRozan, like countless other children across the world, dreamed of one day playing in the NBA and becoming an All-Star while watching Kobe Bryant star for the Los Angeles Lakers.
For DeRozan, that dream began in Compton, California, and he has since developed into one of the best basketball players in the world, earning the titles of McDonald’s All-American, Olympic gold medalist and NBA All-Star.
The Toronto Raptors’ guard will be making his fourth All-Star Game appearance on Sunday night, and he will be living out his childhood dreams at the Staples Center.
But before all the praise that will be thrust his way over the weekend, DeRozan spent Friday morning with fellow Raptors’ teammate Kyle Lowry, giving back to the community that raised him.