On a very special episode of Free Association—Sportsnet’s weekly Raptors & NBA podcast— Dave Zarum goes in-depth with Vince Carter on his iconic 2000 dunk contest performance. Carter explains the origins of each of his dunks, why he had to beg Tracy McGrady to take part, what it was like meeting Julius Erving, and much more.
Then, Dave and co-host JD Bunkis are joined by lead singer of The Arkells and self-described hoops addict, Max Kerman, who makes the case for his inclusion in the NBA’s Celebrity Game before previewing the rest of All-Star Weekend.
Later in the show, Raptors 905 All-Star Ronald Roberts Jr. calls in to talk about his dominant D-League season, what he learned from being around Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan at Raptors training camp, Norman Powell’s hops, and why he passed on the D-League dunk contest.
Here's how the show breaks down:
1:30 mark: Addressing & analyzing Raptors trade rumours.
8:00 mark: Vince Carter on the 2000 Dunk Contest.
52:00 mark: Max Kerman from the Arkell's helps preview All-Star Weekend.
1:10 mark: Ronald Roberts Jr. calls in.
Check out Dave's oral history of the 2000 dunk contest, from the latest Sportsnet magazine and now online here.