It’s not quite Vince Carter’s historic Olympic leap over Frederic Weis, but Giannis Antetokounmpo’s dunk literally over Tim Hardaway Jr. is the closest we might ever get to re-creating the best dunk that ever happened.
I mean, just watch this ridiculousness, watch Giannis jump over the New York Knicks guard.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 7, 2018
Is Hardaway even allowed in the NBA anymore? To play basketball at all ever again?
— NBA (@NBA) February 7, 2018
Spectators and officials alike couldn’t believe what they were seeing.
— Fide et Ratio (@nonewsun) February 7, 2018
— Jermaine Vazquez Sr. (@J_Clutch_) February 7, 2018
As is often the case with awe-inspiring alley-oops, its exceptionality was made possible by the overzealousness of the alley, in this case on Khris Middleton’s part.
“Khris was going, I knew he was going to throw me the lob,” Antetokounmpo told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel following a 103-89 victory, the Milwaukee Bucks’ seventh win in eight games since firing head coach Jason Kidd. “It was a bad pass by Khris, but I was able to get up and go get the ball. I did not see Tim Hardaway under me. I just went up there and just went hard and tried to get the ball and dunk the ball.”
He was more than aware it’d draw comparisons to Carter’s dunk from the 2000 Olympics: “I know a lot of people are going to reach about me and ask me about the dunk, what happened, how I feel about it, which one’s better, mine or Vince. But it was just a good play.”
Adding injury to insult, earlier in the game, the Knicks lost star big man Kristaps Porzingis.
This is it. This is the end. Kristaps Porzingis suffers knee injury after dunking on Giannis Antetokounmpo, carried to locker room. pic.twitter.com/fqQK5TTbDy
— N/A (@World_Wide_Wob) February 7, 2018
He’d be diagnosed with an ACL tear, and will require season-ending surgery. Not a good day for the Knicks.