Chicago Bulls: dunk

Posterized: Taj throws down on Humphries

April, 26, 2013
Friedell By Nick Friedell
Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson has made somewhat of a habit of throwing down monster dunks in the biggest of games, and Thursday night proved to be no different in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Brooklyn Nets.

With the Bulls in the midst of a 19-3 run, Gibson took a pass from Nate Robinson and roared toward the basket. As he jumped, Nets forward Kris Humphries jumped with him and Gibson ended up depositing the ball into the basket on top of Humphries' head and outstretched arm at the rim. The United Center crowd went wild -- but Gibson wasn't that impressed.

"I didn't really know he was going to jump," Gibson admitted. "I just took off so far (away from the basket). I just went to try and make a play, but he jumped late. It happens. I'll take it."

Gibson didn't think it was one of his best dunks.

"There's a lot of dunks that a lot of guys didn't see this year because we're on Comcast," Gibson said. "But it's OK, I guess."

Gibson was asked about his interest in a possible dunk contest invite down the line.

"The dunk contest ... it's so tough now," he said. "There's so many gimmicks and so many different things. But I'll give it a shot. I'll be willing to give it a shot if I could. But Nate always tells me how hard it is so I don't know."

Video: Bulls' Rose lists his top 5 dunks

January, 25, 2011
Friedell By Nick Friedell

The NBA tried to talk Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose into participating in this year's dunk contest during All-Star weekend. But Rose, whose modesty may match his talent, doesn't see himself among the league's top dunkers.

"I can jump pretty high, but I'm not creative," Rose told recently. "I'm not creative like some of them guys. I would just blank out in the dunk contest if I were ever in it. But I will never get in the dunk contest."

Doesn't he enjoy watching it as a fan, though?

"It's kind of like the same thing," he said. "But it's excitement. It's exciting just to see it."

In just his third season, Rose already has delivered several memorable dunks. The most recent came Jan. 10 against the Detroit Pistons when Rose took an alley-oop pass from Ronnie Brewer and threw it down with one hand. True to form, Rose said in the following days that he still hadn't seen a replay of it. It wasn't even the best one he's ever had in a game.

Rose listed what he considers his top five dunks for Click here to watch a video of the dunks.

So what exactly is the key to a great dunk?

"Being able to get it off clean," he said. "It's another where you're just dunking, but to dunk on someone, your biggest thing is finishing. Being able to get a clean dunk and not hurt yourself.

Rose became the first Bulls All-Star since Michael Jordan in 1998. Jordan was the last Bulls player to win the dunk contest in 1988 at the Chicago Stadium.

That won't change this year.



Derrick Rose
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5