Where were you on May 15, 2011? Ok, that may be unfair since I don’t remember either, but Twitter forgets nothing and dug up this incredible Taj Gibson dunk over Dwyane Wade.
9 years ago today, Taj Gibson did this to Dwyane Wade!! pic.twitter.com/X19VV5x3SP— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) May 16, 2020
Take some time to watch that again if you need, it’s pretty vicious.
D-Wade himself got wind of the clip and tossed an extremely disrespectful grade on it.
I give a 9 https://t.co/5khYmZXMBO— DWade (@DwyaneWade) May 16, 2020
A “9,” really??? This dunk clearly deserves a “10” across the board.
Let’s start with the sweet dish from C.J. Watson to Gibson streaking down the court. Wade really has no chance to defend the fast break at this point.
Then we get the leap. Gibson takes off from the bottom of the free throw circle, both hands straight up, even reaching behind his head to wind up.
Next, we have the finish. Wade gets his hands all up in Gibson’s face, but nothing is slowing Gibson down at this point. He powers through Wade and slams the ball down with authority.
Finally, we get the celebration. Gibson leaps up and down, mouth opened wide in a primal scream that brings the United Center crowd to a roar.
We also have to consider the context of the dunk. It’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The No. 1 seed Bulls are hosting the No. 2 seed Heat. It’s the first year of the “Big Three” in Miami, but the Bulls have already established themselves as the best full team in the regular season. The Heat come out strong and build an eight-point lead in the first quarter, but the Bulls are fighting back. Then this dunk closes the gap to one, early in the second quarter. The Bulls eventually win the game and everyone goes home happy.
So clearly, this dunk gets 10/10, no doubt about it.