Lakers’ super-dunker Brown has backing from on high

Cannon Brown is almost ready for launch!

NBA.com: Shannon Brown, backup guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, has the respect and admiration of both a reigning king and The Leader of the Free World.

Scene: The Cleveland Cavaliers’ locker room a couple of weeks ago. LeBron James, The King to whom we referred, was assessing the field in this year’s Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend, but had blanked on one of the contestants.

“Do I have odds on who’s going to win? I dunno. Who’s the fourth participant again?” James asked. Told that it was Brown, the Cavaliers’ star perked up. “Wow. I like Shannon. I like Shannon. He’s good. We’ll see.”

Scene: The White House a few days later. During a private ceremony to commemorate the Lakers’ NBA championship last June, the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. shook Brown’s hand and wished him luck in the dunk contest Feb. 13. Then, at a public version not long after that was covered by global media, President Obama did it again.

Brown’s reaction? Startled by the former, humbled by the latter.

“When he did that, I didn’t know what to do, man,” Brown told reporters. “I was like, ‘This dunk contest needs to hurry up.’ I got kind of juiced. I need to be out there now.”

Perhaps in honor of the nation’s First Hoops Fan, Brown put on a little dunk showcase of his own the next night against the Wizards, right there in Washington. All in the second quarter of L.A.’s 115-103 victory, he threw down an alley-oop feed from Lamar Odom, finished a fast-break with a one-handed jam, then used two hands for a slam-back of Andrew Bynum’s missed free throw.

Coincidentally, when the Lakers packed for their extended eight-game road trip and coach Phil Jackson dispensed this year’s stack of books for to his players, the title he gifted to Brown was a copy of Obama’s, Dreams From My Father.

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  • zaytoven

    I really wonder what hes going to do with his amazing hops. Maybe he should go for a 1080 dunk?

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  • keepon_keepinon18

    What nerve LeBron has talking about who’s going to win the Slam Dunk Contest… Especially when he himself said he was going to be participating and supposedly backed out only because of the lack of big-name talent! That guy is really making me mad :[
    What qualifies him as a dunk expert?

    Anyways, Shannon ~ rock the arena with what Kobe said; old school.

    • keepon_keepinon18

      … And “reigning king”?! What?

      It surely can’t be him. What is he reigning, best regular season record??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1460601006&ref=profile OaklandLakers

    I got $300 on this dude. My buddy is gunnin for Wallace. I’m not even trippin

  • Matt from Dallas

    yah reigning king? wtf

  • http://57.amklac a Million Misses!

    the face and heart of the NBA , Lebronze knows he would destroy the field….shannon=last place lakers…go lakers!!

  • Glakergrl

    I experienced a live shannon dunk yesterday It was the greatest time ever:) better when u see it live at staples but got distracted cause Kobe got hurt during that play:(