January 11, 2007 - King James dribbles the ball across halfcourt and calls for a pick. Check that, a pick is so old school. This is Street. Instead, Larry Hughes runs to the top of the key and dives down to the concrete. Next thing you know, LeBron jumps off Hughes' back and is flying toward the basket for the jam.
That's just one of the ways to throw the rock down your opponent's throat this year. And it's not even the one that will garner the most attention.
First, the basics:
On the PS3, tap Circle and release early for your typical reverse jam. Nothing flashy, just get your points and run back on D.
You want hang time, tap Circle and release a little later. Maybe a 360, maybe a tomahawk with attitude and altitude. Now you're bringing the funk.
Want to really show off? Press and hold Circle until the last possible second and your baller will perform a double dunk. That's right, a double dunk. I've seen Vince Carter catch the ball with his feet after his first dunk, use the rim almost like a gymnast and flip into the air to deliver his second dip. Stunning.
Hold the Circle button too long, however, and you're in for some pain. You've seen (maybe even experienced) the humiliation of being hung on the rim in real life, but that's nothing compared to getting clotheslined by the iron, maybe even getting stuck in the hoop while the ball is being run up the court the opposite direction.
The longer you hold Circle, the more vulnerable your player is to blocks and collisions. And with the increased defensive presence of bigger bodies like Ben Wallace who can not only knock you off the ball, but rough you up a little at the same time, you have to pick your spots if you want to achieve the maximum highlights.
And remember what I said about jumping off of your teammates back? Now combine the art of leaping off Larry with various dunk button holds, and you can actually jump off a teammate, spin through the air, dunk, grab the ball with your feet, flip back into the air and dunk a second time. You might not score four points for the two dunks, but it's twice as in your face.
Click on the video link at the bottom of the page to see the dunk tutorial, Flight School, in all its HD glory.