Friday is 15th anniversary of greatest dunk ever

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For my money, that is the greatest dunk ever.

Vintage Vince Carter, at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, leaping and dunking over 7’2″ French center Frederic Weis.

Friday is the 15th anniversary of that dunk and ESPN did a great story commemorating it, including Carter talking about trying to recreate the moment.

So one day, in Toronto, where he had gathered then-rookie Mo Peterson and a few other teammates after practice, Carter got a ball, lined up his tall teammates and tried to jump over them as he did so easily over 7-foot-2 France center Frédéric Weis in Sydney. He’d try it again and again — each time with a different result than the original.

“We’d mess around in practice, and I’d try to jump over them,” Carter said. “I’d trip over guys or fall.

“I just could never do it the same.”

Carter’s legendary dunk happened in the final game of group play. The USA would face France again in the Gold Medal game, and while there were no dunks this spectacular the USA did beat France and capture the gold.

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