Los Angeles Lakers star Danny Green threw down a rare dunk against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday which shocked the Lakers players and fans alike. Apparently, the NBA themselves were quite surprised as they drug tested Green right after the game.
When the Los Angeles Lakers added Danny Green in the offseason, everyone praised the move because of his versatility in defence and his championship experience. But Green's dunking ability wasn't much discussed as he's not exactly known as one of the league's high-flyers. Dunks from Green have relatively been a rarity throughout his career. According to Basketball-Reference, he’s thrown down only 48 dunks since he entered the league, an average of 4.4 per season.
But on Monday, he delivered one of the best dunks of the season just days after his teammate scored a vicious dunk against the Sacramento Kings. Late in the second quarter, LeBron James put up a 3-pointer from the wing that didn't go in but bounced straight up in the air. Flying in from the opposite side of the court, Danny Green soared for an emphatic put-back slam on top of the helpless Greg Paulus. The turn of events sent both the announcers and the Lakers' bench into hysterics. Green would go on to finish with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting (3-of-6 from deep) and seven rebounds in a 122-101 Lakers win.
The Lakers couldn’t believe it, and neither could the NBA, possibly. Danny Green tweeted Monday that after the game, the league’s drug testers came calling. Obviously, this is all probably a coincidence as the NBA rules dictate that players are subject to as many as four random drug tests during the season and the league probably picked Monday for the test in advance.
🎥 Danny Green on why playing for the Lakers, “feels like America's team wherever we go.” pic.twitter.com/chrz9FnRYC— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 19, 2019