Petition: James "Flight" White Must Be in the 2013 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Jux BergSenior Analyst IDecember 6, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18: James White #4 of the New York Knicks controls the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden on November 18, 2012 in New York City. 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. The Knicks defeated the Pacers 88-76. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

One of the greatest dunkers of all-time is back in the NBA, signing a one-year deal with the New York Knicks this offseason.  

That man is James "Flight" White.  

White will be fighting for playing time with New York, as he is behind guys like J.R. Smith and Steve Novak on the depth chart.  

But one thing is for sure.  James White is a phenomenal dunk artist.  At 6'7" and around 200 pounds, White was blessed with the perfect dunking body (and I could not be more jealous).

Let's be frank.  The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest has lost its luster in the last few years.  The most common complaint of fans and analysts like Charles Barkley is that every dunk has already been done.


White has dunks up his sleeve that the NBA contest has never before seen.  

For instance, we've all seen Dr. J, MJ and others take off from the free throw line.  But, if you watch the highlights of those dunks, two things stand out: 1) The dunkers rarely have their entire foot behind the foul line and 2) It's always a one-handed dunk.

"Flight White", on the other hand, has shown the ability to use two hands from that distance.  

He's also shown the ability to pull off a windmill from that distance.  And although White (30 years old) may have lost a little bit of his ups, he has shown in the past that he has the ability to put the ball between his legs from that distance and complete the dunk.

Let me repeat that.  James White has taken off from the free throw line, put the ball between his legs and slammed it home.  See it here.

Last I checked, nobody has done anything even close to that in the NBA dunk contest.  

Now, this should be a no-brainer, but you never know with the NBA.  It is entirely possible for White to be left off the dunk roster, due to limited playing time or simply the fact that he's not very well-known.  

But if the NBA wants a show that will bring the excitement back to the dunk contest, James "Flight" White better be invited to the party.

Join the petition.  Click here to send an e-mail to the league office.  Make sure to say that you want to see James "Flight" White, the guy who can get his entire head over the top of the rim, in the 2013 NBA Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.