A continued trend throughout this NBA suspension seems to be reminiscing the good old days. The problem is, in five seconds, you can find some classic footage of LeBron, Kobe, MJ, Bird, Kareem, and the list goes on and on. It’s all too easy I say, so I thought I would take it to the next level.
Forget the ’90s, ’80s, or even the ’60s. Let’s rewind back to the 1930s when the first documented dunk in an organized game was ever recorded. And that highly illustrious man would be Joe Fortenberry. On March 9, 1936, the 6-foot-8 Texan was training at the West Side YMCA in New York City, for the 1936 Olympic Games, when New York Times writer Arthur J. Daley stumbled upon the amazing feat.
Arthur recorded that Fortenberry had the remarkable ability to “pitch the ball downward into the hoop, much like a cafeteria customer dunking a roll in coffee.” Now, it isn’t clear if the word ‘dunk’ described here is what we recognize as a dunk today or something way less cool. In some basketball accounts of the mid-1900s, ‘dunk’ simply meant to score in any way. But that’s beside the point, and the description makes sense to me, so, your welcome.
Side Note: Fortenberry is also credited as the cause for the goaltending rule because the lanky Texan would routinely stand under his own basket on defense and swat balls away from the rim.
Catch you Monday.