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NBA Slam Dunk 2012 Video: Chase Budinger's Diddy Jam Was Classic Billy Hoyle

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 25:  Chase Budinger of the Houston Rockets jumps over entertainer Sean 'P.Diddy' Combs during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest part of 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 25, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2017

Houston Rockets forward Chase Budinger held his own at the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk competition in Orlando on Saturday night, tipping off the event with a classic tribute to Billy Hoyle. 

For those who have never seen 1992's White Men Can't Jump, rent it. Also, Billy Hoyle is the White character, played by Woody Harrelson who finally dunks at the end of the movie.

Budinger kept the warmup T-shirt on and slipped on a backwards snapback hat as if he was hustling opponents alongside Sidney Deane (played by Wesley Snipes) in a game of two on two up to 11.

Then, just like Hoyle in the movie, Budinger takes a perfect lob pass from Diddy, the assumed prop in this case and slams it home after leaping him like an improperly-placed six-foot traffic cone.

The most underrated performance of the night goes to Budinger's Rockets teammate Chandler Parsons though, who played a behind-the-scenes role better known as "the guy who tells the other guy when to throw the ball."

It must also be mentioned that Diddy tossed a sweet ball that allowed the former Arizona Wildcat to finish cleanly on the first attempt. Kudos, Puff.

Although Budinger did not win the dunk contest—Utah's Jeremy Evans took home the crown—his tribute to a 20-year-old piece of cinema gold will not be forgotten by this diehard NBA fan. 

 

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