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Cleared for takeoff: James "Flight" White (Timeout: Week 7)
If you’re like me, you’re getting more and more cynical every time the NBA announces the Slam Dunk roster. But this year, we have an under the radar legend entering the fray. Keep your eyes on James “Flight” White.

The inclusion of the 6’ 7”, 215 lbs. guard may go unnoticed, after all White is only averaging around seven minutes per game. But the true heads in the basketball kingdom know White for his above the rim antics, which we’ll revisit below. At age 30, he may not be able to pull some of these tricks off anymore, though I’m sure White will try to defy that theory. Bring on the highlights!

Cleared for takeoff: James "Flight" White (Timeout: Week 7)

James White will bring his whole repertoire to Houston for the 2013 All-Star weekend, and honestly, he has one huge bag of tricks to pull from. While other people may use gimmicks to get the crowd excited-blowing out a candle on top of the rim, bringing out a car to jump over-to get the crowd excited-White will use his unbelievable athleticism to get you up out of your seat.

Cleared for takeoff: James "Flight" White (Timeout: Week 7)

Over the years, those who have attempted the free throw line dunk have done so with relative success, but a few caveats. First, most dunkers take off after the free throw line, as the distance between the line to the rim is an almost unfathomable distance. Second, most free throw line dunkers only dunk with one hand, but White, can hammer it down with two. His vertical is so high that he can also add in a few tricks mid-flight, including this two-handed windmill that you see here. Then there’s also this between the legs free throw line gem. You read that correctly.

Cleared for takeoff: James "Flight" White (Timeout: Week 7)

By no means do the above videos guarantee a win for White, and he’ll have plenty of competition. With all due respects to Terrence Ross, White’s archrival may just be Gerald Green. This isn’t the first time the two have met, as they battled for the crown as part of the Gatorade 2010 dunk contest in the Russian Cup. You can be the judge of who actually won this contest. But these two seem to be like when Ken sees Ryu after so many years, because Green may have been called lax, but when he sees another talented opponent it “rekindles his fighting spirit.”

Prediction: The first 60 point dunk in the history of the dunk contest, when Dominique Wilkins comes out of the stands and slaps Jeremy Evans across the face with a 10 scorecard after watching a White 720 windmill.
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