“He's America. Tomorrow, every father and son will be out in the driveway trying to dunk. If Spud can do it, anyone can. People will be talking about him on their way to work or riding the bus.”

--Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Fratello, on 5'7" guard Spud Webb winning the 1986 All-Star Slam Dunk Contest

“The turning point in the game was when Vince Carter dunked the ball. I think everybody was in awe, and nobody thought he was going to attempt that, but to me, that was probably the greatest play in basketball I've ever seen.”
--Jason Kidd, on teammate Vince Carter's dunk over France's 7'2" Frederic Weis at the 2000 Sydney Olympics

“Spud was the people's choice. We tried to be as fair as we could,
but I don't know how he could have lost it.”

--Celtics legend Dave Cowens, one of the five judges at the 1986 All-Star Slam Dunk Contest

“Dunking is a sure two points. If I try to get a layup, the ball might roll around and come out. With a dunk, it stays in.”
--Hakeem Olajuwon

“What excites me the most is when a coach calls a timeout and chews out his forward because I just dunked on his head.”
--Karl Malone

“The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam-Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam.”
--Darryl Dawkins, on his dunk that shattered the fiberglass backboard at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City on November 13, 1979

“I didn't mean to destroy it. It was the power, the Chocolate Thunder. I could feel it surging through my body, fighting to get out. I had no control over it.”
--Darryl Dawkins, a.k.a. Chocolate Thunder, on his dunk twenty-three days later that shattered the backboard at the Philadelphia Spectrum

“I started to rush in to help out. Then I saw Double D cock the ball behind his head. I got the hell out of there. I knew what was coming. I had seen his Kansas City act on the TV replay. In slow motion. It was scary.”
--San Antonio guard George Gervin, on Dawkin's second mammoth dunk