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Julius Erving on Where Zach LaVine Ranks Among Greatest Dunkers

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All-time NBA great Julius Erving sat down with Complex recently, and there he discussed the league's dunk contest and some of the current star dunkers in the league.

One player that easily comes to mind is Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who has won the past two dunk contests at All-Star Weekend. He barely edged out Orlando Magic's Aaron Gordon in this year's contest, in what many now consider the best dunk contest ever.

Erving was asked about who he thinks were the greatest dunkers in NBA history, and he included LaVine on that list.

“I’ll tell you; Zach has put on a show the last couple of years. He has to get kudos. I don’t know if the surprise factor and the timing coordination dunks that he does are as impactful as what Vince Carter brought to the scene when he did a few things that hadn’t been seen before. I think with Connie Hawkins, myself, Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Clyde Drexler, there’s a lineage there, and I think Vince shook it up a little bit there with a couple of dunks there. I’m gonna let him reside in that spot right there.”

Erving was then asked about this year's dunk contest.

“It was clearly as good as the Wilkins-Jordan showdown, and I had a showdown with David Thompson back in ’76 which was the last year in the ABA. It doesn’t get acknowledged as much, but it was a great showdown. But Zach and [Aaron] Gordon, in terms of the guys who are judging and to hear what they had to say during that time, records are made to be broken, and standards of the bar are established to be challenged so somebody can go above it. I would put those two guys, the things they did this past show in Toronto, at the top of the bar. Even for them to chase next year, or put some new guys next year to go after it…they have raised the bar to a different level.”

-- Josh Dhani

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Fitness Model Brittany Renner Shows Off Body in Nike Slides (Photos)

Brittanny Renner is extremely popular on social media, mainly on Instagram. You can see why. 

The fitness model took to social media to post new pics showing off her body, while also stunting in some Nike slides. 

You can take a look at more below:

(H/T BSO)

-- Josh Dhani

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Carmelo Anthony Reveals Who Convinced Him to Join 2016 Olympic Team

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Compared to 2008 and 2012, this year's USA Olympic basketball team looks very different. The only person from either of the previous two teams is Carmelo Anthony, who won a gold medal with both squads.

Anthony is clearly the veteran leader that this team needs, but it looks like the New York Knicks star came very close to passing up on playing in the Olympic Games this year in Rio.

With his friends such as Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Paul opting to skip due to personal and injury concerns, it looks like Melo came close to doing the same. On the international basketball standpoint, he has nothing else to prove.

According to USA Today, the pull from his teammates and US assistant/his coach at Syracuse Jim Boeheim convinced him to play. 

“They were saying, ‘It’s your time, your Olympics. You should take advantage of this opportunity,’ ” Anthony said. “Once the guys started reaching out and talking to me about that, it felt good to hear my colleagues want me to have that.”

According to Boeheim, Anthony was on the fence playing in the Olympics after the NBA Finals. 

“I told him two things ‘You can help us. We need a veteran guy. Second, you’ve been losing for three years. Let’s get a good basketball experience. This is something you really should do,’ ” Boeheim said.

Anthony eventually agreed.

“I get a chance to go out there, be the leader of the team and enjoy it,” Anthony said. “It’s about going over there having fun, getting the winning feeling back and trying to get another gold medal.”

Anthony looks to become the first player to get three USA Basketball olympic gold medals. 

-- Josh Dhani

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