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Win any European dunk contest: James White shows how in six easy steps

White demonstrating emergency step 6

To the surprise of few, well-traveled James William White III (a.k.a. James White, a.k.a. Flight) took the Italian Serie A slam dunk contest amidst the all-star festivities taking place there this weekend. White, now of Scavolini Pesaro, brought with him to the contest a résumé that goes back second-place finishes on two levels: the 2001 McDonald’s High School Slam Dunk contest and representing the University of Cincinnati Bearcats in the NCAA event in 2006.

All accolades and trophies aside, however, BallinEurope’s man in Italy, Enrico Cellini, notes that White has simply got this dunk contest-winning thing down to a science. Would you like to win your next dunk competition in Europe? Cellini, White and good ol’ YouTube show you how in six easy steps.

After dominating his fourth dunk contest within European all-star game weekends – previous wins include those in Turkey in 2008, Russia in 2010 and Italy last year) by displaying his trademark repertoire, James White should really work on a handy guide containing the must-do tricks for guaranteed success in any dunk contest on The Continent. It would go pretty much like this:

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The 35 Greatest Basketball YouTubes of All-Time: Nos. 31-35

BallinEurope may be posting a bit sporadically this week in an attempt to catch up on a few mundanities of life, but fear not! BiE will not be leaving the site high and dry: Beginning today runs a series we’ll call “The 35 Greatest Basketball YouTubes of All-Time.”

Why 35? ‘Cuz it’s easily divided by seven.

In selecting the videos on this list, BiE did not discriminate for or against clips made expressly for the YouTube format. User-created original videos were held to the same standard as, say, a directly-ripped music video and game highlight. However, clips which do not stand alone as a truly individual YouTube, e.g. stuff like part one of the 1992 USA-Croatia game, though brilliant, was not considered.

In the final analysis, the main criteria in judgment was simply “Does this succeed as a YouTube clip?” Special brownie points went to funny vids.

Please remember that all decisions are purely the opinions of BiE, and that there’s simply no accounting for taste. And please feel free to throw in links to your own favorites in the comments section – but be cool about it, folks.

Now, without further ado, the first wave of The 35 Greatest Basketball YouTubes of all-time.

35. Doug Christie punches Rick Fox! This is a hilarious bit of minimalistic mixing, even if you’re a Lakers fan. Probably especially if you’re a Lakers fan.

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On the origins of the Dragon-Machine feud

From the always-busy Whoda Thunk It Department comes a real mind-boggler of a statement regarding tonight’s Western Conference Championship game six: The matchup of Sasha “The Machine” Vujacic on Goran “The Dragon” Dragic matters.

After the Phoenix Suns’ bench absolutely immolated the Los Angeles Lakers in game four of the series – The Dragon Was Unleashed as Vujacic and Luke Walton sat pitiably watching – outscoring the L.A. subs 54-20, Phil Jackson again did the clever thing for game five and set The Machine to work most efficiently. After all, what other player in the NBA would have such extensive on-the-fly knowledge of Dragic (not to mention Slovenian)?

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