Video and poll at the bottom
So how does a Kentucky football helmet make its way into a basketball practice?
By dunking on someone ridiculously hard. Allow me to explain in a little more detail.
The Kentucky basketball team has a tradition of crowning a player with a helmet – a blue Kentucky football helmet, mind you – if he gets dunked on or “posterized” in practice. Assistant coach John Robic started the tradition.
When practice is over, the player that throws down the dunk gets the honor of putting the helmet on the victim. The player that is posterized has to keep the helmet in their locker until the next “Helmet Dunk of the Week.”
Well, with this year’s crop of athletic players – not to mention the intensity this team has displayed in the first few practices – what better time to make the Helmet Dunk of the Week interactive.
This week’s candidates, coincidentally, crammed on each other.
In Sunday’s morning practice, freshman forward Anthony Davis received a handoff at the top of the key, raced past Eloy Vargas into the lane and threw down a one-hand tomahawk jam on freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was coming over to help out in defense. After practice was over, Kidd-Gilchrist (pictured to the right), took the dunk in good spirits and let Davis crown him with the helmet.
He wouldn’t hold on to it very long.
In the afternoon practice – on the very last play – Kidd-Gilchrist received a similar handoff at the top of the key, crossed over Darius Miller into the lane and then muscled over a leaping Davis, who was offering weak-side help, for a two-hand dunk.
Robic immediately ran to get the helmet back. Kidd-Gilchrist, smiling ear to ear, returned the favor and crowned Davis.
So which dunk was better? That’s where you come in. Below are the two nominations for this week’s Helmet Dunk of the Week. Tell us who you think had the best dunk in our interactive CoachCal.com poll. (special thanks to UK Sports Video for the footage.)