High-Flying Green To Jam in Vegas

Gerald Green

Gerald Green will be throwing down on All-Star Saturday night in Vegas at the Slam Dunk Contest.

Gerald Green has "posterized" plenty of opponents over the last two years, and now he'll get to show his stuff on the national stage when he represents the Celtcis in the Slam Dunk contest at All-Star Weekend.

Green, who was playing in the D-League during last season's All-Star weekend, hopes to become the first Celtics player to win the competition since Dee Brown pumped up his Reeboks and captured the imagination of the NBA with his famous "Peek-a-Boo" no-look dunk at the 1991 Dunk contest in Charlotte, NC.

Ricky Davis also participated in the 2004 dunk contest but failed to advance past the first round.

Green's already had plenty of memorable dunks. Perhaps the one that started it all also happened in Las Vegas, where he spun baseline and launched over an opponent for an amazing facial. And he's connected with teammates Sebastian Telfair and Tony Allen on some impressive alley-oops.

The most ridiculous one was at the end of a Celtics-Raptors game at the Garden last season, when Allen threw the ball off the glass for Green, who's head was even with the rim when he caught the ball before thundering it through for a highlight reel special.

Before he was selected for the contest, Green said that he had a little something up his sleeve.

"If I get in there, it will be a night that nobody will ever forget," said Green.

So now that he's in, what could Green have in store for NBA fans? In a high school dunk contest, Green threw the ball off the shot clock above the backboard and dunked it home.

And then there was that day after practice in early November when Green tossed the ball off the 1986 Championship Banner about 35 feet up the wall, jumped from about 12 feet out, waited for it to come down and then tomahawked the ball through the rim, sending his teammates and Celtics staff into hysterics.

It had to be seen to be believed.

Sadly, there is no video footage of the dunk. You'll just have to take our word for it. But if he can bust out anything similar to this in Vegas, he may just be crowned the Slam Dunk king in 2007.

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