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Matt from Hardwood Paroxysm has all of our NBA Development League coverage. Today, he talked to Brent Petway, former Michigan Wolverine and champion of the D League's dunk contest, about how he wants to challenge Dwight Howard.
I didn't know until yesterday, however, what he's got up his sleeve. On his blog, Petway indicated that he's planning on putting out a YouTube Video challenging 2008 NBA Dunk Champion Dwight Howard to a dunk contest and completing all of Howard's dunks from the 2008 NBA Dunk Contest. Petway was kind enough to talk to me for a few minutes about the D League Dunk Contest, his challenge to Dwight Howard, and life in the D League.
HP: What made you pull out the Dominique special?
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Petway: The one where I sit the ball on the ground, and jump up dead leg and just go vertical. It's already hard to do a windmill. But doing it from the ground straight vertical? That's hard.
HP: Thanks for talking with me today, Brent. Congrats on the dunk contest.
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His finish was just as strong. An alley oop to a modified East Bay Funk.
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His first two dunks were take offs of old classics. His first dunk was bizarre to watch, but beautiful on the replay. He placed the ball on the ground underneath the basket. He stood over the ball, steadied himself, then reached down, grabbed it, jumped straight up, and landed a windmill. A standing windmill. Think about trying to jump that high with no momentum. I tried to, but my ankles snapped and a substance not unlike blood started pouring down my leg. Ew.
HP: How long had you been working on the A La Carter and that sick between the legs you did to finish?
Petway: Yeah, we do it every day in practice. We knew it was going to come down to the two of us.
Petway: It was kind of spur of the moment. I tried it in practice and made it, and made it part of the routine.
Petway: Well, I've always done the windmill. But I noticed I could add my own style to it because I can get it to bounce high and I can go up and catch it so high.
HP: You said you're planning on doing every dunk he did. Are you going to do the whole Superman cape bit too?
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Petway: Basically, I've seen all the dunks he did, and I believe I can do all of them. So I'm going to get a camera somehow, do all those, and show him that a fellow Georgia boy can get up too. And I won the D League so I think we should crown an overall champ.
It was pretty sick. Afterwards, Petway danced and posed for the crowd, showing that he's not short on showmanship. Or guns.
Petway: Basically, just knocking down 17 to 20 footers. Gaining confidence. It's been coming along. Last couple of games I've been knocking it down.
HP: You mentioned in your blog that you're going to challenge Dwight Howard to a dunk contest. How are you planning on doing that?
Nobody wanted to win this dunk contest more than Petway. After losing in the 2007 NCAA Dunk Contest, he said that he badly wanted to take home this one.
we marvel at CP3's complete game and Josh Smith's ability to fill a stat sheet, it's rare to find a player that exhibits extraordinary skill in dunking at the professional level. Brent Petway is the modern day extrapolation of pure talent in a singular move. Brent plays for the Idaho Stampede, the D League team that's affiliated with Seattle and Portland. His stats are nothing extraordinary. He's 8th in the D League in blocks. His most notable attribute, however, is his penchant for jaw dropping dunks, which has earned him the nickname "Air Georgia." So when the D League decided to put together a dunk contest, they knew they needed to get Petway.
HP: What was the hardest dunk to pull off?
Petway: 'Preciate it man, it was a lot of fun.
HP: Was it fun going up against (teammate) Mike (Taylor) in the finals?
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