On yesterday’s episode of “This is Kentucky Basketball,” UK put Kenny Walker and Malik Monk in a room and had them talk about dunking the basketball. It’s even better than I hoped it be. Walker — the 1989 NBA Slam Dunk Champion — and Monk watch a highlight reel of Monk’s dunks from this season, swap strategies, and talk about how something that is nearly impossible for 99% of humans comes so easily to them.
Kenny: “You said you had your first dunk when you were 5’10”, so you’ve been doing it pretty much –”
Monk: “For a long time”
Kenny: “So it’s just natural, you know for you.”
Monk: “Everything’s natural. Everything is natural.”
My favorite part is when Kenny breaks down Monk’s big slam vs. Vanderbilt. You know, this one:
Kenny: “Oh boy, here he comes. Look at those eyes. I mean, when you see that basket–”
Kenny: “I know, but even if it’s a little crack?”
Monk: “Nah, I know I’m going to make it alright.”
Kenny: “You can get there? No fear?”
Monk: “No fear at all.”
Monk even critiques Walker’s dunks form his days at UK and the NBA, which is priceless. More stuff like this, please.