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5-foot-10 ‘Young Hollywood’ goes through his legs to dunk over Blake Griffin’s head (Video)

Dan Devine
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Say, remember that fun commercial we shared Friday featuring Blake Griffin and a begoggled young gunner named "D'arryl Drain?" As you might recall, it was tied to the release of Griffin's new Jordan Brand signature sneaker, the Super.Fly 2, which boasts such features as "laces" and "oddly placed periods." The Nike subsidiary and Los Angeles Clippers star held an event celebrating the shoe's release in Santa Monica, Calif., on Saturday, but while it's the three-time All-Star whose aerial exploits typically bring fans to their feet, Griffin found himself acting as a mere prop in the evening's most eye-catching moment:

The young man you just watched jump over Blake's head, grab a basketball off his hand, go between his legs and throw it down (three times, which feels a bit like padding, but hey, it is a fun dunk) is Haneef Munir, better known in dunking circles as "Young Hollywood." The 5-foot-10 jumping jack's throwdowns have been featured in a variety of YouTube videos, landed him multiple commercial gigs and earned him a reputation as one of the world's best competition dunkers, which he bolstered by winning the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown. Now, he's added another highlight to his résumé — going up and over the top of a very recognizable dude a full foot taller than him.

And while YouTube commenter "JordoGaming" wants us to know things didn't go quite so smoothly as the clip makes it appear — "I was there took him 2 tries lool" — I think we can still safely characterize this as "pretty cool." Maybe not as cool as Blake finishing Dr. Drain's "alley-oops," but still: pretty cool, nonetheless.

Video via Ballislife. Hat-tip to Dunkademics.

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