L.A. Times: All Shannon Brown could do was stand there and listen to Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw talk about his former teammates who have been slam-dunk champions.
Brown, a Lakers reserve guard, hasn’t been invited to participate in the 2010 All-Star game slam-dunk contest in Dallas — yet.
But the more the acrobatic, high-flying Brown throws down the electric dunks that have made him a YouTube sensation and a staple of ESPN highlights, the bigger the groundswell grows for him to be included in the contest.
His teammates are in awe of his dunks and are pushing hard for him. Lakers fans go berserk when Brown defies gravity with elevates his 6-foot-4 frame before a dunk.
As for Shaw, he couldn’t help but chide Brown about his dunking exploits.
Shaw told Brown about his former Boston Celtics teammate Dee Brown (1991) and former Miami Heat teammate Harold Minor (1995) winning the dunk contest. Shaw even told Brown about his former Orlando Magic teammate Darrell Armstrong (1996) failing to win the dunk contest.
“When I had Dee the first year, he won it. Harold, I said, ‘Every team I’ve been on, somebody won the slam-dunk championship.’ He held up his end of the bargain,” Shaw said. “Baby boy [Armstrong] kind of let me down a little bit. So I’m trying to get back on track.”