Do Basketball Players Defy Gravity?

Krishna DhaniCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2009

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Basketball as we all know is a game of running and abundance of jumping, and all of that stuff we see in those Sports Illustrated magazines with they're deliberate pictures.

Well the real surprising thing is how they can dunk. How do basketball players manage to jump at least four feet in the air? I mean I have browsed through so many pictures of Kobe Bryant and other basketball players dunking abnormally.

And don't tell me you haven't seen a basketball player dunk.

We all know that they are skilled to jump that high. They probably spent some time on leaping exercises. But the jumping jacks and exercises like that do not make that happen.

If you think "yes," two wise brains are already thinking. But I have a theory, and as you can tell from the title: Do basketball players defy gravity? I mean seriously, how do they do those inconceivable dunks?

You see Danny Granger barely jump when he is going for the three-pointers. But when you see him dunk, in actuality, it seems like he is in the air for four seconds. Talk about defying gravity, right?

If you have been to a basketball game, you see the force they put into their jumps that they do. It is not easy, not at all. All you see is the player getting the ball and jumping like ten feet in width and five feet in height.

It just amazes people, really. Then after seven seconds you see their hands slam against the rim.  Wow! Simply amazing, and hey, I guess that's why NBA's motto is "Where Amazing Happens," because it really does.

Now dunking like that, some players weren't even trained to do that when they were youths. Maybe they were just born to play, because I know I can't dunk at all because I am like a 5'2" kid who can dunk on a seven-foot rim. 

But those players, it looks like they have this special, microscopic jetpack under their jersey that lets them dunk.

However, the element of dunking is mostly, I'm assuming, practice, and although I have practiced like many of you probably might have, and if you can dunk, tell me how in a comment but I'm guessing not many of you can on a ten-foot rim.

Yes, these guys are all-pro at the activity. I have watched LeBron James play and boy is he fantastic.

Oh, and did I mention the athlete that really has rim-slammers going is Rudy Gay. That guy can dunk. And when he dunks, you can see the hoop just vibrating slowly. That is just spectacular to see.

One thing that I have convinced towards myself is that basketball players can defy gravity.

They are just simply amazing like the NBA slogan says it is. Now if you agree, comment below and share your thoughts, but however, so far the way they perform their dunking skills is shocking.

Not only can they dunk good they can dunk really fast.

I was reading a book the other day and it was Kobe Bryant was dunking so hypersonic that the opponents' players were just wandering as he batters his fingers against the rim while the ball slowly slides in. Now that is pure skill.

So you got me here? It's simply what I think: Basketball players defy gravity.