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As we prepare for tonight’s dunk contest, let’s take a look at the dunk contest from the McDonald’s high school game in 2001, where dunk legend James “Flight” White was defeated by the future white Chris Webber, David Lee. Lee delivers an entertaining performance and also flashes a lot of skin, defeating White’s more athletic but less entertaining dunks. White was so traumatized by this loss that he transferred away from the Florida Gators and Lee after just one year, unable to face his teammate without remembering his humiliating defeat.

Finally, eleven years later, White overcame the effects oft his contest and worked his way bak to the NBA as a regular. Some have him as the favorite in tonight’s showdown - just as long as he doesn’t make eye contact with David Lee, and David Lee’s shirt stays on.

Quite a field for the Slam Dunk Contest this weekend. The West squad includes defending champ Jeremy Evans, plusĀ super-athletes Eric Bledsoe and the Manimal, Kenneth Faried, while the East team has 2007 champĀ Gerald Green, plus rookie Terrence Ross, and dunk legend James “Flight” White. No one’s ever questioned White’s slam dunk ability, but this is the first year he’s been on an NBA roster long enough to be selected.

It’s anyone’s contest, but the most intriguing matchup is between Green and White, who have met before in the 2010 Russian Cup, pictured above. If those two brought it that hard for a Russian slam dunk contest where the prize was apparently a framed certificate and a bowl of hot soup, imagine what they’re going to do for All-Star Saturday.

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