Jason Maxiell could dunk in the 8th grade

by | Jan 3, 2007 | 15 comments

The Detroit Free Press‘s Chris Silva did a quick question and answer session with Jason Maxiell about what else, dunking.

    QUESTION: Do you remember your first dunk?

    ANSWER: I think it was back in eighth grade. I first started off with a tennis ball, then a volleyball, then I moved on to a basketball.

    Q: What do you remember about it?

    A: It was a normal one because at that time I wasn’t very coordinated.

    Q: How did it feel; was it a natural high?

    A: I didn’t express any feelings — I never do. It’s natural.

    Q: Is there a reason why you don’t express any feelings when you dunk?

    A: I don’t know. I kind of get it from my grandfather. He’s the same way. No facial remarks. Just does the same thing, you go out there and do what you’ve got to do.

    Q: What’s your most memorable dunk?

    A: It was over Otis George, against Louisville. The Conference USA Tournament at Cincinnati. It was my junior year. It wasn’t for me. It was a lob for a teammate and it got tipped around, bounced back to the free-throw line, and I just took it and went up with it and jumped over him and he fell. It was pretty memorable.

    Q: So did anyone teach you how to dunk?

    A: No, I just did it on my own. Just watching Charles (Barkley) on TV and learned from that, actually. Just go up strong.

    Q: Did you have a favorite dunker growing up?

    A: Oak (Charles Oakley), Shawn Kemp, Dominique (Wilkins), Barkley, Shaq.

    Q: Would you ever accept an invitation to the slam-dunk contest?

    A: No, that’s flashy. I’m not a flashy dunker. I’m a power dunker.

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15 Comments

  1. Junior

    good man to have on our side

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  2. Natalie

    I agree Junior

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  3. Anonymous

    I hope he stays a piston for a long time.

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  4. Anonymous

    i do too. i love this guy… he should eventually be a starter at center!

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  5. Anonymous

    i wonder if there is any lost home videos of him doin his thing when he was younger?

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  6. Anonymous

    do you think you can get the clip of his “favorite dunk” when he was a junior, Natalie?

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  7. Natalie

    do you think you can get the clip of his “favorite dunk” when he was a junior, Natalie?

    I would have to say no, 99% of the clips on the site are recorded by me. So unless we can find it on YouTube we are out of luck.

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  8. Anonymous

    PLEASE VOTE FOR THE PISTONS FOR 2007 ALL-STARS!!!!!

    ITS A MUST!!!!!!!!!!!

    VOTE DAILY!! THATS ALL… JUST ONCE A DAY.. IT TAKES NO MORE THAN A MINUTE!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Anonymous

    WHO CARES MOST PLAYERS IN THE NBA COULD DUNK IN THE 8th grade, ITS NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL
    based on that alone he should start now because he could dunk in the 8th grade.

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Junior

    are u retarded? or just a high school kid?

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  11. Anonymous

    which one are you, im guessing both.

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  12. Anonymous

    good one

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  13. Anonymous

    “WHO CARES MOST PLAYERS IN THE NBA COULD DUNK IN THE 8th grade, ITS NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL
    based on that alone he should start now because he could dunk in the 8th grade.

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Your such a dunbass.. nobody said i was basing on just that alone. And i’m pretty sure no one else was either… think common sense next time

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  14. Anonymous

    “WHO CARES MOST PLAYERS IN THE NBA COULD DUNK IN THE 8th grade, ITS NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL
    based on that alone he should start now because he could dunk in the 8th grade.

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Your such a dumbass… i wasnt just basing it on that alone.. y would i??.. have u not seen him play??.. think common sense next time!!

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  15. Anonymous

    ok heres what happens when max grabs a rebound
    1. he gets blocked
    2. he gets foulded
    2a. proceeds to miss BOTH free throws
    -52%
    carrer 43% free throw percentage for this year and carrer
    3.he misses

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