DeMar DeRozan almost connects on wild 360 dunk in Olympic tuneup
Some calling it one of best missed dunks of all time
If you're wondering how DeMar DeRozan is doing in the NBA off-season, he is just fine.
Playing for the United States in an exhibition game ahead of the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, the Raptors guard came inches away from executing one of the best dunks in basketball history.
With the U.S. leading China 96-49 late in the fourth quarter, DeRozan attempted a wild 360-degree spinning dunk over a Chinese defender.
DeRozan's attempt brought the crowd in Oakland, Calif., to their feet and caused some to ask if it was the greatest missed dunk of all time. The American bench went wild, and consequently picked up a technical foul as DeRozan laughed it off.
In any case, the circus move certainly got the approval of NBA Finals MVP LeBron James.
Man if <a href="https://twitter.com/DeMar_DeRozan">@DeMar_DeRozan</a> would have made that dunk, would have been top 5 All Time! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USABMNT?src=hash">#USABMNT</a>—@KingJames
Even Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman chimed in on the bold move of his fellow Toronto superstar.
Savage for trying that. 😳 Lol <a href="https://twitter.com/DeMar_DeRozan">@DeMar_DeRozan</a>—@MStrooo6
This isn't the first time that the newly re-signed Raptors guard has tried to put an opponent on a poster. Last season, DeRozan connected on a huge dunk over Utah Jazz seven-foot-one centre Rudy Gobert.
The 360 attempt wasn't the only bit of fun that the Compton, Calif., native has had this off-season. DeRozan surprised a few U.S. basketball fans by posing in front of an Olympic poster.
Got 'em! Had fun w/ <a href="https://twitter.com/MarriottRewards">@MarriottRewards</a> surprising fans . Check it out! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FriendOfMR?src=hash">#FriendOfMR</a> <a href="https://t.co/MFNVqOH1WC">pic.twitter.com/MFNVqOH1WC</a>—@DeMar_DeRozan
DeRozan and his fellow Raptors guard Kyle Lowry are heading to the Rio Olympic Games representing the United States.
Toronto centre Jonas Valanciunas will represent Lithuania while former Raptor Luis Scola, who recently signed with the Brooklyn Nets, will play for Argentina.