Looking Back on the Best Dunk in Olympic History
Looking back on some past USA Olympic basketball moments, there will always be the usual suspects that stand out: the 1972 travesty when we lost to the USSR, the shocking losses to Puerto Rico and Argentina in 2004, the Dream Team going H.A.M. on everyone in Barcelona, and then the ’Redeem Team’ winning in Beijing. When the subject turns to individual plays, however, I assure you that one unequivocally stands out.
Vince Carter’s posterization of the 7’2 Frenchman is without a doubt the best in Olympic history (Lebron and Westbrook may have something to say about this). Everyone saw this play from a mile away once Carter stole the ball. The whole moment, too, is amplified by the epic reaction of the announcers. The dunk was so thunderous that the French media dubbed it “le dunk de la mort”, which in english means “the dunk of death.” One thing’s for certain, I wouldn’t mind a Team USA player having another dunk of death moment. Maybe LeBron will skywalk over one of the Gasol brothers to clinch the gold for Team USA. What if he jumped over both?!