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Old 12-23-2006, 06:08 PM   #1
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Default Can anyone touch the top of the backboard?

During the Ohio State Florida game, one of the announcers said that college football coaches should create a special position in which basketball players, such as Joakim Noah, would be used to block extra points and field goals. He showed a clip of a football player going up for a block and said he was about nine and a half feet up. He then claimed that Noah could get up to 13 feet and touch the top of the backboard. I also remember hearing that Dwight Howard could do this but, I've never seen anybody get that high during a game. Does anybody think that it's possible for a guy to actually leap up and touch the top of the backboard? If so, are there any existing videos of someone actually doing it?
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I really doubt it, I can touch the top of the square, but thats and a foot off from the top of the backboard. You'd have too be tall and still have a ridiculous vertical to be able to do this, but maybe someone can
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I really don't think this is possible.
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I seriously doubt it, never seen anyone get near that on a block, even guys like Garnett or Howard probably couldn't do it, no way in hell Noah can.
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I really don't think this is possible.

Neither do I but it'd be awesome if someone really could.
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I saw T-Mac do it in an Adidas commercial once, but it was probably lowered for him.
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Old 12-23-2006, 06:17 PM   #7
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didn't someone grab a penny of the top? When i saw it or read about it, i believed it. Was from a credible source if i remember.
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I've seen Maceo Bastion do it in real life. I'd be surprised if howard cant get it.
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Old 12-23-2006, 06:19 PM   #9
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Travis Outlaw Grabbed a dollar bill off the top of the backboard.

I can see that kid from Boston college Doing it.

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if it's 3 feet above the rim, that means if you could touch the rim without jumping it would require a 36 inch vertical. how high do guys like Garnett and Dwight have to jump to get the rim? and keep in mind vertical is measured on one gather... running vertical is often higher.

I bet there are a couple guys who can do it. Howard? he can get his chin on the rim easy...
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that would be interesting if he really can.

Dwight Howard can do it most likely. If i had to pick a player to do it, it would be dwight for sure.
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Old 12-23-2006, 06:21 PM   #12
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During KG's initial workouts with the Timberwolves before he was drafted, they were testing his skills and athleticism, particularly his vertical. They kept encouraging him to go higher and higher, eventually slapping the electronics box atop the backboard.
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Kareem could do it, a friend of my father played with him in UCLA and told me.
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Booth has some long arms, doubt he can touch it though
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I have seen Dwight do it in this documentary about him. Dwight is 6'11 and has a crazy vert so he can definitely do it.
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