Former UNC basketball player Cole Anthony will compete in the Slam Dunk Contest during NBA All-Star Weekend.
Entering the NBA Slam Dunk contest is not something Cole Anthony puts on a “to do” list. The former UNC basketball player is here to earn it.
Anthony is one of four players who will take part in the event as part of the NBA All-Star festivities on Saturday night Feb. 19 in Cleveland. Being part of this contest is something Anthony described to the Orlando Sentinel as “a dream of my life since before I could dunk.”
The dynamic competitors for this year’s Slam Dunk Contest have been announced! Who will rule the sky in Cleveland? 🤔
— NBA Philippines (@NBA_Philippines) February 9, 2022
Anthony will face Jalen Green of the Houston Rockets, Obi Toppin of the New York Knicks and Juan Toscano-Anderson of the Golden State Warriors. Despite being the smallest player on the board, the former Tar Heel isn’t intimidated by competition.
“I can’t wait to face them. I’m never here to support [opposition]. No matter who my oppositions are, I’m here to get the dub.
In fact, the 6-foot-3 guard thinks his height is an advantage for him. He thinks that because of his short arms, some of his dunks will be more impressive than those taller players do during competition.
Of course, everyone wants a preview of what Anthony has planned. However, the former UNC basketball player wasn’t going to hint at what he had planned.
“I have a few tricks up my sleeve. A few ideas here and there. I received outside help to help me. Stay tuned.”
If Anthony wins the Slam Dunk Contest, he would be the first former Tar Heel to accomplish the feat since Vince Carter won the contest in 2000. He would also join Carter and Michael Jordan (who won it two years in a row). ) as the only North Carolina products to have won the event.
You can watch Cole Anthony compete in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night starting at 8:00 p.m. EST on TNT.
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