A bra falls and a neighborhood ninja retrieves it.
Minnesota Timberwolves’ Zach LaVine won the NBA All-Star Sprite Slam Dunk competition on Saturday night in New York, and he won over the crowd with a throwback to the 1996 movie “Space Jam.”
In his first attempt, he appeared on the court wearing Michael Jordan’s #23 Tune Squad jersey from the film while the Quad City DJs performed the theme song.
“I’m still on cloud nine. I feel like I’m dreaming,” he said. “Seeing all the dunk contests and people hoisting the trophy, I just saw myself do it and lived it, so it’s a dream come true. I’m glad my family is here to witness it and go through it.”
LaVine, who got 2 perfect scores, is the second youngest winner in the competition’s history next to Kobe Bryant.
On February 14, Zlatan Ibrahimović scored a goal against Caen and then proceeded to take off his shirt.
The move may have gotten him a yellow card, but it also got him a lot of attention for a much bigger issue: world hunger.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker had 50 names temporarily tattooed on his torso of starving children around the world to help promote The World Food Programme’s initiative “805 Million Names.”
“If I could, I would write all the names of people suffering from hunger on my body. But they are 805 million. It is a disaster,” he says.
The WFP is part of the United Nations, and the organization reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year.
“I had a dream that someone could convey this message in a simple way. We thought of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is always asked for his autograph,” said Marina Catena, director of the WFP in France. “So why shouldn’t it be Zlatan who has the autographs on his body this time? We’re proud that he accepted to convey this message.”
As a result of his charitable stunt, Ibrahimović is suspended and will not be playing in their game against Monaco on March 1.
You can donate to the cause on the WFP website.