Age: 30 Height: 6-3 Weight: 200 lbs School: UCLA
Oklahoma City Thunder's Hamidou Diallo leaped over an NBA Hall of Famer en route to a memorable victory in the Slam Dunk contest on Saturday. Diallo stunned the Charlotte crowd on All-Star weekend after flying over Los Angeles Lakers great O'Neal, who stands at 2.16metres tall. With Thunder team-mates Russell Westbrook and Paul George watching from the sidelines – and wearing a Superman t-shirt underneath his Thunder jersey – Diallo got the arena on its feet as he finished with his elbow inside the basket.
Hamidou Diallo's big night at the Slam Dunk Contest The highlight of the night was undoubtedly the dunk featuring Shaq, in which Diallo jumped over the seven-footer and landed an incredible elbow dunk. Diallo's three other dunks were solid enough, starting with a left-handed windmill alley-oop from teammate Russell Westbrook. After his finals opponent, New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr., faltered in his first dunk attempt, the Thunder rookie put the competition away with a dunk that brought his eyes clean over the rim, which is something you can do when you have the second-best vertical in the history of the NBA combine.
Russell Westbrook's beef with Joel Embiid might extend into Sunday's NBA All-Star game, when the two will play on Team Giannis.
Russell Westbrook was good but the Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the New Orleans Pelicans 131-122 in the NBA on Thursday. Westbrook scored a season-high 44 points on 18-of-30 shooting while adding 14 rebounds and 11 assists in his NBA-record 11th straight triple-double. The Thunder, though, trailed by three points at the half and did not come out of the locker room very well as New Orleans opened up a 12-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Julius Randle capped a 33-point, 11-rebound performance with three clutch baskets in the final minutes, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 131-122 on Thursday night despite losing All-Star Anthony Davis to a shoulder injury after the first half. Davis was in