NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest: Gerald Green set for take off in Houston

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The Pacers forward is among the favorites in the Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday night in his home town.

Gerald Green figures to be in the mix for his second Slam Dunk Contest title when he joins other NBA high flyers in Houston on All-Star Saturday night. As the video below displays, getting up for electrifying finishes are no problem for Green.

The legend of James White and his dunk contest capabilities continue to make him a slight favorite over Green, but as Dwight Howard mentioned during the Rising Stars Contest last night, White is 30 years old now and Howard felt Green would have enough up his sleeve to take the title.

Green was plenty confident following the Pacers win over Charlotte on Wednesday. He proclaimed the title would be his without question if he could pull of one of the dunks he had planned. He also said that he didn't plan or practice too much because there was normally more influenced by the moment to become creative.

One thing that should work in Green's favor is the location since Houston is his home town. The dunk judges all have Houston ties with former Rockets Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo, Rudy Tomjanovich and Yao Ming. Green would be smart to dunk at least once while donning his old Gulf Shores Academy jersey to tug at the heartstrings of Drexler who played high school ball in Houston before flying with Phi Slamma Jamma at the University of Houston.

Of course, if Green can generate a the type of reaction he gets out of Quinn Buckner in the video below, the 10's will take care of themselves.


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