February 10, 2010 > Dunkin' his way to Dallas
Dunkin' his way to Dallas
By Jeff Weisinger
Photo submitted by George Fiddler
Ever since he was in the eighth grade, Carlos Smothers dreamed of playing in the NBA. Ever since he was a sophomore at Union City's James Logan High School, he started working on the "art" of dunking a basketball.
Now, after years of perfecting his craft, Smothers will have a shot to show the nation what he has on Friday, Feb. 12, in the Sprite Slam Dunk Show Down in Dallas.
"I'm excited," Smothers said. "I like the feeling of putting Union City on the map."
The Sprite Slam Dunk Show Down will take place during the NBA All-Star Jam Session at the Dallas Convention Center, as a part of the festivities of the NBA's All-Star Weekend. Smothers, along with three other participants, will be judged by Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James, NBA Legend Darryl Dawkins and two-time Grammy award nominee Drake, who will also perform before the event.
Each participant will get two chances to dunk, then fans will vote for the best dunker via SMS text message, with the winner receiving a $10,000 grand prize and an opportunity to present the trophy to the winner of the NBA's Sprite Slam Dunk competition on Saturday night.
"My friends are happy for me," Smothers added. "They kind of saw it coming."
Smothers, also known as "Los", which is short for Carlos, found his way into the competition after a video of his dunks was submitted into an online competition on www.ballersinside.com.
Smothers' first dunk came in a game in his sophomore year, as he took a fast break all the way to the rim.
"It was crazy," he explained.
Smothers will look to impress his idol, LeBron James, in Friday's competition with a trademark windmill or 360-degree dunk.
"He's just the best in my mind," Smothers said about James.
The Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown can be streamed live on nba.com on Friday beginning at 6 p.m.