The Dunk On LeBron James (by Jordan Crawford) That We Will Never Get To See

Cleveland Cavaliers at  Orlando MagicTotal Pro Sports – There is no shortage of highlight films all over the internet and television which feature LeBron James posterizing other NBA players, but it is not often that we get to see someone do the same to him.  That is until he stepped onto the court with Xavier High School’s Jordan Crawford.

We’ll thank The Score Blog for this interesting story about how LeBron James Skills Academy turned into a no-photography zone after King James was posterized by the high school phenom with a two-handed dunk.  Gary Parrish from CBS Sports described the incident as follows:

The word when I arrived at the LeBron James Skills Academy was that Monday’s best highlight came in a pick-up game featuring the college players and James himself. According to the collection of NBA scouts and other folks here, Xavier’s Jordan Crawford dunked on James pretty good. So I had to find out whether it was true.

“It happened, and it was bad,” said Michael Gilchrist, the top player in the Class of 2011. “That was something to see.”

Sorry I missed it. [CBS Sports]

When Parrish began looking for more information on what he had missed, he found it from freelance photographer Ryan Miller.  Unfortunately, there was no video to accompany the explanation:

Turns out, there were at least two cameras rolling Monday night when Crawford dunked on James during a pick-up game here at the LeBron James Skills Academy. It was a two-handed jam, the kind that would’ve circulated quickly on YouTube. But Nike officials eliminated that possibility shortly after the dunk happened by allegedly confiscating tapes from various cameramen.

Worth noting is that there is no policy against filming at the LeBron James Skills Academy, and Miller said he had been filming all day without incident. Nobody ever told him to stop. Nobody ever said there was a problem … until after Crawford dunked on James.

“LeBron called Lynn over and told him something,” Miller said. “That’s how I knew his name was Lynn. LeBron said, ‘Hey, Lynn. Come here.'”

Minutes later, Miller said Merritt demanded his tape. [CBS Sports]

So now we are left here wondering just how mythical this dunk was.  We are tired of seeing LeBron James highlights, featuring him hitting a shot from on his ass, or from an impossible angle.  Give us what we want Nike and LeBron.  WE WANT THE TAPE!

Hat Tip – [The Score Blog]

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