“Actually a friend came up with the dunk. He can’t even dunk, but he studied dunks all the time.” Staples said. “He came up with the idea; hey. we actually got that dunk from a skateboarder. So the name of the dunk comes from a skateboarder. He jumps up and he lifts the skateboard off from under his feet and holds it up straight. We thought, ‘hey, could we do this with a basketball?’ And so we tried it, and it worked out. It was fun being in the gym creating a different dunk.”
This dunk would eventually go viral, which surprised Staples.
“We never thought that the dunk would go viral as did. I just thought hey that’s a cool looking dunk,” he said. “It only looks good in slow motion, but that was the point of it. When people see it, they love it. I’m glad I kind of have that as a signature dunk now.”
“Slamma Jamma” is in theaters March 24th.
Listen to the complete interview with Chris Staples at the link below.