Dupuy, the dunk king

KUALA LUMPUR: Guy Dupuy, more well known as Frequent Flyer or Easy J, is easily one of the best dunkers in the world of basketball.

Often compared to LA Clippers star Blake Griffin, Dupuy has upped the bar in recent times with his incredible athleticism, ball-handling skills and variety of difficult dunks.

The 26-year-old will be in town for the Ninetology Malaysia Basketball Carnival on Nov 2 as part of the US Professional Basketball Alumni Association (PBAA) All Star team who will take on an Asian All Star team at the Putra Stadium.

Dupuy, who was born in Nice, France, but currently resides in Florida, played professional basketball across Europe in countries like Spain, France and England and also goes on tour with his dunk team – Team Flight Brothers, who are known to have a collection of the best slam dunkers in the world. 

Yet, despite his legendary status as a top dunker, Dupuy is a surprisingly down-to-earth guy. 

“Well, I don’t think I’m the best ... although I’ve travelled around the world and won every dunk contest there is,” said Dupuy, with a smile.

“But really, I didn’t start off as a basketball player. I was in the track and field team back in school because I had these long limbs and everyone said that I should be doing sprints or high jump.

“But my passion has always been basketball and, eventually, I decided that basketball was the path that I wanted.

“I started dunking at the age of 11 and have been working hard to perfect my dunks and come up with new tricks.

“What sets me apart from the rest is that I can still go out there in a professional match and do my dunks. I have played professionally across Europe but I’m still working hard to improve and, maybe, one day I’ll get drafted into the NBA.” 

Besides Dupuy, the other members of the PBAA All Star team will include Dennis Rodman, Jason Williams, Michael Finley, Doug Christie, Latrell Sprewell, Zendon Hamilton, Charoy Bentley, John Humphrey and Anthony Pimble.

The Asian selection will include the likes of Iran’s 2.29m-tall centre Jaber Rouzbahani, fellow Iranian Aren Davoudi, Japan’s Jun Iwasa, Nigeria’s Folarin Deola D’brown, Taiwan’s Yang Yu Ming and Filipinos Rommel Adducul and Nino Canaleta.

Three more vacant slots will be filled by a player each from the New Zealand Hoopnation’s Slam Dunk King, the Most Valuable Player of the Agong’s Cup National Championships and the Malaysian National Basketball League (MNBL).

Tickets, priced from RM69 to RM396 (courtside RM960) will go on sale from tomorrow at www.ticketcharge.com.my.
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