A slam dunk (or simply a dunk) is a type of basketball shot that is performed when a player jumps in the air and manually powers the ball downward through the basket with one or both of his hands over the rim. Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m  This is a standard field goal worth two points. In Basketball, the term field goal is a basket scored on any shot or tap other than a Free throw, worth two or three points depending on the distance of the attempt The term "slam dunk" was first coined by the late Los Angeles Lakers announcer Chick Hearn. The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA team based in Los Angeles, California. Francis Dayle "Chick" Hearn (November 27 1916 &ndash August 5 2002 was an American Sportscaster.  Prior to that, it was known as a dunk shot. 
The slam dunk is one of the highest percentage field goals one can attempt in basketball as well as one of the most crowd-pleasing plays. Other terms for slam dunk include "jam", "stuff", "flush", "cram" or "throw down. " Slam dunk contests are quite popular, and perhaps the most popular contest is the NBA Slam Dunk Contest held during the annual NBA All-Star Weekend. The Slam Dunk Contest is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA competition held during the NBA All-Star Weekend. The Slam Dunk Contest is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA competition held during the NBA All-Star Weekend. The National Basketball Association (NBA holds an All-Star Weekend every February with a variety of Basketball -related events exhibitions and performances The first slam dunk contest was held during an American Basketball Association All Star Game. The American Basketball Association ( ABA) was a professional Basketball league founded in 1967, and eventually merged in part with the National
Dunking was banned in the NCAA from 1967 to 1976. The National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA, often pronounced "N-C-Double-A" is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions conferences organizations Many have attributed this to the dominance of the then-college phenomenon Lew Alcindor (now called Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) upon his entry into the NCAA. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr; April 16 1947 is an American athlete and retired professional Basketball player widely considered Subsequently, the no-dunking rule is sometimes referred to as the "Lew Alcindor Rule. "
Wilt Chamberlain was known to have dunked on an experimental 12-foot basket set up by Phog Allen at the University of Kansas in the 1950s. Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain (August 21 1936&ndashOctober 12 1999 nicknamed Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, and Chairman of the Boards Forrest Clare "Phog" Allen, DO ( November 18, 1885 – September 16, 1974) was an American collegiate basketball The University of Kansas (often referred to as KU or just Kansas) is a public research university with campuses located in Lawrence, Kansas City . Michael Wilson, a former Harlem Globetrotter and University of Memphis basketball player, matched this feat on April 1, 2000. Michael Wilson is a former player of the Harlem Globetrotters and the University of Memphis, also known as 'Wild Thing' The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism and Comedy. The University of Memphis is an American public Research university located in the Normal Station neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee Events 527 - Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Wayne Clark surpassed this recently and now holds this record dunking at 12'1.
Vince Carter dunked while leaping over 7-foot-2 (2. Vincent Lamar Carter (born on January 26, 1977) known as Vince Carter, is an American professional Basketball player in the 18 m) French center Frédéric Weis in the 2000 Summer Olympics. Frédéric Weis (born June 22nd, 1977 in Thionville, France) is a French professional Basketball player "I am proud and happy to proclaim that you have presented to the world the best Olympic Games ever The French media dubbed it "le dunk de la mort" — "the dunk of death. " Carter is also known for introducing the "Honey Dip" or the "cookie jar" dunk in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest, where Carter demonstrated it hooking his forearm/elbow into the rim after dunking and hanging. The "Honey Dip" at the time was unnamed. Carter used it as his specialty dunks along with his Reverse 360 Windmill dunk and between-the-legs dunk. When performed much of the audience was speechless, including the judges, because none had seen these types of amazing dunks before.
Jim Pollard, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Clyde Drexler, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Brent Barry have each dunked while jumping from around the free throw line, which is 15 feet from the basket. James Clifford "Jim" Pollard ( July 9, 1922 &ndash January 22, 1993) was an American professional Basketball player Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain (August 21 1936&ndashOctober 12 1999 nicknamed Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, and Chairman of the Boards Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22 1950 and raised in Roosevelt New York) commonly known by the nickname Dr Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22 1962 in New Orleans Louisiana) is a former 6 foot 7 inch National Basketball Association Shooting guard. Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17 1963 is a retired American professional Basketball player and active businessman Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25 1965 is an American retired Professional Basketball player who played in the National Basketball Brent Robert Barry (born December 31 1971) is an American professional Basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA Unlike the others, Wilt Chamberlain did not require a full running start, but instead began his movement from inside the top half of the free throw circle. 
Several notable and remarkable dunks have been performed by players at the annual NBA Slam Dunk Contest. The Slam Dunk Contest is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA competition held during the NBA All-Star Weekend. Spud Webb at 5'7" (1. Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb (born July 13, 1963) is an American retired NBA Basketball Point guard. 70 m) defeated 6'8" (2. 03m) Dominique Wilkins in the 1986 contest. Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born January 12 1960 is a retired American Professional Basketball player in the NBA and Basketball Hall Michael Jordan popularized a dunk referred to by some fans as "the leaner". Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17 1963 is a retired American professional Basketball player and active businessman This dunk was so-called because Jordan's body was not orthogonal to the ground ("leaning") while performing the dunk. TNT viewers rated it "the best dunk of all time" over Vince Carter's between-the-legs slam. 
In the 2008 Sprite Rising Star's Slam Dunk Contest Dwight Howard performed the "Superman" dunk. Dwight David Howard (born December 8 1985 in Atlanta Georgia) is an American Basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National He donned a superman outfit as Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson tied a cape around his shoulders. The Orlando Magic is a professional Basketball team based in Orlando Florida. Jameer Nelson (born February 9, 1982 in Chester Pennsylvania) is an American professional Basketball player for the Orlando Nelson alley-ooped the basketball as Howard jumped from just inside the foul line, caught the ball, and threw it through the rim. Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m This dunk is considered controversial, as his hand was not over or on a vertical plane to the rim. Some insist that it should be considered a dunk merely because his hand was over 10 feet high, which is the height of the rim.
Howard has asked the NBA for permission to raise the rim to 12 feet for a dunk during the Slam Dunk Contest. The NBA has declined his requests, on the basis that they want the All-Star Weekend's skills competitions to closely follow the NBA's in-game rules. 
Taurian Fontenette performed the first 720-degree dunk in a AND1 Mixtape Tour game in Houston, Texas in 2006. Bold text Taurian Fontenette, aka The Air Up There aka Mr poo, is a Streetball player for Hitchcock, Texas, The AND1 Mixtape Tour is a traveling Basketball competition and exhibition sponsored by the basketball apparel manufacturer AND1.
Candace Parker in 2006 became the first woman to dunk in a women's NCAA tournament game. Candace Nicole Parker (born April 19 1986 in) is an All American Basketball player for the WNBA 's Los Angeles Sparks. Lisa Leslie was the first woman to dunk in a WNBA game in 2002. Lisa Leslie (born July 7 1972 in Gardena California) is a WNBA player currently playing for the Los Angeles Sparks. Georganne Wells of West Virginia was the first woman to dunk in an NCAA game in December 1984. Other well-known female dunkers include Cheryl Miller, Charlotte Smith and Michelle Snow (who did this in the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game). Cheryl D Miller (born on January 3 1964 in Riverside California) is a former college Basketball player and coach Donnette Jé-Michelle Snow (born March 20, 1980 in Pensacola Florida, U
In the past, it has been possible for players to dunk a basketball and pull the rim down so hard that the glass backboard breaks, either around the rim itself or, at times, shattering the entire backboard. Reinforced backboards and rims have minimized this at the college and professional levels, but it still happens at lower levels. All-star power forward Gus Johnson of the Baltimore Bullets was the first of the famous backboard breakers in the NBA, shattering three during his career in the 1960s and early 1970s. Gus Johnson ( December 13 1938 &ndash April 29 1987) was a professional Basketball player who spent nine seasons with the NBA  Darryl Dawkins of the Philadelphia 76ers was also notorious for two glass-shattering dunks in 1979 resulting in the league threatening to fine him and eventually installing breakaway rims. Darryl Dawkins (born January 11, 1957 in Orlando Florida) is a retired American professional Basketball player most noted for  At the beginning of his career, center Shaquille O'Neal also dunked so hard that he broke the supports holding two backboards during games against the New Jersey Nets and the Phoenix Suns, making them collapse to the ground. Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal (born March 6 1972 frequently referred to simply as " Shaq " is an African American Professional basketball The New Jersey Nets are a professional Basketball team in the National Basketball Association that plays in the Eastern Conference 's Atlantic The Phoenix Suns are a professional Basketball team based in Phoenix Arizona. This resulted in reinforced backboard supports as well. The NBA has made shattering the backboard a technical foul. This has assisted in deterring this action, as it can cost the team points. Darvin Ham also shattered a backboard during his college days. Darvin Ham (born July 23, 1973 in Saginaw Michigan) is a professional Basketball player formerly in the NBA.
The phrase "slam dunk" is often used outside of basketball, usually to signify success or something that is easily accomplished or that has a high probability of success. For example, one could say "that was a slam-dunk performance," though this is seen by many as being colloquial. According to Bob Woodward in his book Plan of Attack, former CIA Director George J. Tenet assured President George W. Bush in December 2002 that the existence of Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction was "a slam dunk case", affixing him to the term. Robert "Bob" Upshur Woodward (born March 26, 1943) is an assistant managing editor of The Washington Post. For the thriller novel written by Dale Brown see Plan of Attack (novel. near as long as it used to be several months ago It has been actively summarized and split into sub-articles and there is a dynamic talk page discussion of all George John Tenet (born January 5, 1953) was the Director of Central Intelligence for the United States Central Intelligence Agency The President of the United States is the Head of state and Head of government of the United States and is the highest political official in United States by George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iraq topics. A weapon of mass destruction ( WMD) is a weapon which can kill large numbers of humans and/or cause great damage to man-made structures (e  George Tenet, in his book "At the Centre of the Storm", says his comment was distorted by Vice President Dick Cheney. Tenet claims he said that conclusive evidence that Iraq possessed WMD would be a "slam dunk" in promoting the case for war, i. e. a conditional statement, not an assertion.
"Slam Dunk" is also the name of a song by the California glam metal band Pretty Boy Floyd and was released in 2003 on the re-release of Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz. Glam metal (also known as pop metal) is a sub-genre of Heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the United States. Pretty Boy Floyd is a Hard rock band from Hollywood California formed in 1987 Leather Boyz With Electric Toys is the first album of the band Pretty Boy Floyd. Also by the Gap band.
The term also serves as the namesake of a popular sports manga. is a 31- volume, 24- Kanzenban Manga and Anime series written by Takehiko Inoue about a Basketball team from Shohoku ( Shōhoku