Shannon gets some inspiration for the dunk contest from President Obama.
L.A. Times: They all stood in a private room listening to President Obama on Monday before the ceremony took place, shaking his hand, in awe that he knew them all.
The president ventured over to Shannon Brown and wished the Lakers’ guard good luck in the dunk contest.
Brown smiled and then got the shock of his life.
When the team had its public ceremony in front of family, friends and the worldwide media a few minutes later Monday, President Obama again wished Brown good luck in the dunk contest.
“When he did that, I didn’t know what to do, man,” Brown said, smiling. “I was like, ‘This dunk contest needs to hurry up.’ I got kind of juiced. I need to be out there now.”
The dunk contest will be held Feb. 13 during All-Star weekend at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Brown, however, is quick to point out that he’s more than just a dunker.
But Tuesday night against the Washington Wizards, Brown made five field goals, three of them dunks.
His first dunk was from a lob pass from Lamar Odom, the second was from a lob pass from Derek Fisher and the third was a dunk on his own, off a missed free throw.
Each one had the crowd inside the Verizon Center cheering.