If I had one wish in the world, it would be to have been a witness of the conversation when Chase Budinger asked P. Diddy if he could jump over him.
“Hey, um, Diddy…” the Rockets forward would begin, “it’s me, Chase Budinger.” P. Diddy, who like the rest of NBA fans probably had probably never heard of the former Arizona forward, would be confused. “I was just wondering if you think, maybe, it would be cool if I could jump over you in the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk competition? Because I was invited to do that this year.”
Budinger, who has nine dunks this season, likely hoped to emulate the iconic basketball scene in White Men Can’t Jump by rocking the backwards snapback look and gaining major air. I imagine that Budinger must have brought this up when he pitched the idea in my most awkward imagined conversation of all time with P. Diddy.
“See, I was thinking we could maybe capture the racial tension in the NBA of the contemporary age right now. I could be Woody Harrelson, right? And I was thinking maybe you could be Wesley Snipes?”
Personally, I don’t know how Budinger was possibly able to convince P. Diddy to be the lucky soul that reenacted a movie literally titled White Men Can’t Jump (sounds ominous for a dunk contest, no?) or why P. Diddy had nothing better to do, but regardless it happened. I’m certainly glad that it did.
As the old saying goes, “If you can’t jump over Jeremy Lin lying down on a couch because Iman Shupert was injured, the next best thing is to jump over P. Diddy.”
That, my friends, is exactly what Chase Budinger did.
For fans like myself, the reaction was as fun as the dunk itself considering the dunk was like a seven out of 10 on the “oh my god!” factor. From the announcers repeating “that wasn’t bad” half a bajillion times to P. Diddy taking to Twitter to bring out his reaction.
“White men can jump! Lol 10!!!! Lol” wrote the @iamdiddy account. The repeated use of excessive exclamation marks and “lol” had me slayed, and I couldn’t be happier. I was also thrilled to see that Budinger didn’t even get a shout out by name, as that assumes he knows Budinger’s name and that he spent the rest of the night on Twitter asking people in Orlando to hang out with him.
Later in the night, Diddy asked “What ya'll think of the dunk contest?” and “Did you love yourself today?”
A quick Google search courtesy of “How Tall is Your Favorite Celebrity?” tells us that my favorite celebrity, P. Diddy, is indeed less than 6’0" tall.
Overall, I’m glad that Budinger jumped over P. Diddy and it will forever tickle me to imagine the initial question that sparked this great moment in America's sports history.
Even if the dunk itself was kind of boring to watch, in what other medium can you watch a tall white NBA player dunk over P. Diddy? Man, sometimes I just love basketball.
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