NBA Slam Champ LaVine Challenges Beckham Jr. in Dunk Tape
MINNEAPOLIS, May 26 (UPI) — Zach LaVine’s lavish dunking ability in the 2015 NBA Slam Dunk contest put him on the map, but his most recent video has new jaws dropping.
The 20-year-old leaper loaded up for a series of alley-oop dunks, with footballs, in a video he released on Facebook. LaVine also posted a video on his Instagram account, showing off his 44-inch vertical jump.
The Minnesota Timberwolves rookie rim-rocker even challenged freak wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after the showcase in slam.
“@IAM_OBJXIII we should have a football dunk contest,” LaVine said on Facebook.
In LaVine’s video, he has a friend toss him football from the opposite foul line after shouting hike. LaVine sprints down court on the flank and makes a spectacular one-handed snatch before stuffing it through the goal.
LaVine averaged 10.1 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in his rookie season for the 16-66 Timberwolves.
The guard, hailing from UCLA, is due $2,148,360 this season, has a team option for $2,240,880 next season and $3,202,218 in 2017.
Coach Flip Saunders told Timberwolves.com that LaVine needs to get stronger to play shooting guard next season.