Before Shannon dunks tonight…
O.C. Register: There was the broken hoop in the front yard and the busted rim in the back of the modest Maywood, Ill. home. Not to mention the bent Nerf hoops that landed in the garbage bin on a monthly basis.
Then there was the 10-speed bicycle poking through the bottom of the screen door, and the TV stand that eventually had to be replaced because the cabinet door was ripped from its hinges.
The damage done to Sandra and Chris Brown’s home over the years by their son cost them plenty in repair bills, but it’s a price they gladly say was worth every penny. That’s because the reward has been watching their middle child turn into one of the most exciting NBA players currently in the league.
“With Shannon, it was always something with speed and jumping when he was growing up” Sandra Brown said.
Shannon Brown, Lakers guard and leaper extraordinaire, is taking his best qualities to Dallas’ American Airlines Center, where he will show off his skills against two-time champion Nate Robinson, Gerald Wallace, and either DeMar DeRozan or Eric Gordon in an attempt to become the NBA Slam Dunk champion.
The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. and televised on TNT.
Brown said it’s an honor to have been selected to participate in the contest won by some of the game’s biggest stars, including teammate Kobe Bryant (1997), who will aid him in the competition Saturday.
Brown said many people view him simply as a “dunker” but he tries to bring his all-around game out nightly when he comes off the bench.
“But when it’s time to dunk, I don’t hold back,” said Brown, who is just the fourth Lakers player to compete in the dunk contest, joining Michael Cooper, Antonio Harvey and Bryant.
And when he gets running, don’t look away.