NBA.com's "Photographic Memory", asks a player to relive a memorable moment from his playing career. The player talks about what was going through his mind at the time the photo was taken, and what the play means to him in hindsight. In honor of NBA All-Star 2003 in Atlanta, NBA.com talked to former Hawks great Spud Webb about his classic reverse dunk that helped him win the 1986 Dunk Contest in Dallas. With this dunk, the 5-7 Webb solidified his place in NBA, and All-Star, history.
Webb on the dunk (right):
"All of the dunks I did in the 1986 Slam Dunk, I'd been doing for four or five years, so there was no need to feel nervous, even though I was a rookie. In general, one-handed dunks are easier, because you can stretch longer. But I can't palm the ball. It's easier for guys that can palm the ball.
"As for the dunk's place in history, I really didn't know the impact it was going to have. You weren't expecting a guy my size to dunk, let alone win the contest. It probably stands for something for every guy under six feet tall. People still ask me about it all the time. Where they were when they saw it, and how they felt about it. I think it took a lot away from what I did as a player, though. Everybody is known for certain things they do, but maybe people don't appreciate the other things I was able to do. That kind of hurt. That's why I stopped entering the dunk contest. I probably lost a lot of money because of it, but more importantly, I wanted to prove I could do things besides dunk. I wanted to contribute to a team. And I did.
"Nowadays, I hardly ever play. People don't believe that, but it's true. I never play basketball. I quit playing in 1997. I bet I've only played four or five times since then. People still ask me if I can dunk, though, and I say that for the right price you can do just about anything. (Laughter.)"
(Interviewed by Randy Kim; photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)