The Dunkadelic Origin, All-Dunkadelic Teams, and the "Dunkadelic Era" In America, 1984-Present Shows the Growing Popularity of the Term

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NBA Commissioner David Stern, Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, RUN-DMC, and the "Air Jordans" helped create the "Basketball and Hip-Hop" culture fusion The "Dunkadelic Era" In America, 1984-Present. 2nd Annual 2006 All-Dunkadelic Team, and 1st Annual 2006 College All-Dunkadelic Team will be announced June 29th. Dunkadelic for her is simply "Dunkadelicious."

"Dunkadelic" is an evolving term that defines spectacular highlight dunks, players by position and status (Dunkadelic Power Forward, Dunkadelic Swingman, and Dunkadelic Mega-Star), All-Dunk teams, and the 'Era' of "Basketball and Hip-Hop" In America. The foundation for the term was created in the playgrounds of New York City during the late 1960's and 70's where the game and R&B soul music was brought together by Julius "Dr. J" Erving. Doc was the cool and smooth hi-flyin' forward that revolutionized the Slam Dunk, and coined the phrase "Bring the Soul to the Hole."

In 1979 while the Doctor was making 'House Calls' at every NBA arena a new music group out of New York called the "Sugarhill Gang" hit the streets with the first big rap sinlgle from a new form of subculture music called Hip-Hop. "Rapper's Delight" poured into the urban neighborhoods that Spring where kids played the city game of basketball, and recited the lyrics to the pioneering song.

From 1979-84 basketball and the new artform of music would plant a seed in America that would develope into the first 'Sport and Music' defined culture period in American history. The 5 following events in 1984 led to the birth of the "Dunkadelic Era" In America, 1984-Present.

1. David Stern was announced as the 4th Commissioner of the NBA on February 1, 1984. Commissioner Stern has guided the NBA to it's global status. He's been there to introduce Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Stephon Marbury, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade into the league. These superstar players have been influencial to the "Basketball and Hip-Hop" culture fusion.

2. The NBA first introduced the Slam Dunk contest at the 1984 All-Star weekend gala. Larry Nance defeated the "Legend of Dunk", Dr. J in the final round to win the contest. Doc won the first ever professional Slam Dunk contest at the 1976 ABA (American Basketball Association) All-Star game defeating David "Sky Walker" Thompson. The Slam Dunk contest is one of the most anticipated events at All-Star weekend.

3. Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons form Def Jam records. Kurtis Blow the hip-hop pioneer releases the the hit rap song "Basketball" off the Ego Trip album. Def Jam remains today the most recognized hip-hop label in the industry. Jay-Z the hip-hop icon and part owner of the New Jersey Nets a disciple of Simmons is the President of Def Jam.

4. The "Fresh Fest" 27 stop tour featuring RUN-DMC, Whodini, Kurtis Blow, and the Fat Boys was the first major hip-hop concert tour in America. At the concerts the music, urban fashion, and the latest sneakers were on showcase with the teenage and young adults.

5. Michael Jordan was the 3rd pick of the Chicago Bulls during the 1984 NBA Draft. Jordan signs with Nike to produce the "Air Jordan" sneakers that would later become a fashion symbol within the hip-hop culture.

Bonus, LeBron James (December 30th) and Carmelo Anthony (May 29th) were both born in 1984.

The evolution of the "Basketball and Hip-Hop" culture fusion continues to grow with the popularity of Slam, Dime, The Source, Vibe, and XXL Magazines.

ESPN has 3 programs dedicated to the culture fusion, City Slam (the national outdoor Slam Dunk competition), It's The Shoe's (a look at the popular sneaker collecting phenomenon), and the And 1 Streetball Tour (the best streetball teams around the country competing from city to city).

LeBron, Shaq, Kobe, D-Wade, "The Matrix", and Carmelo were selected to the 2005-06 All-NBA Teams who will be selected to the 2nd Annual 2006 All-Dunkadelic Team. The All-Dunkadelic Teams for College and Pro will be announced Thursday June 29, 2006 after the NBA Draft.

The ladies have always been part of the "Basketball and Hip-Hop" culture from Salt-N-Pepa and Mariah Carey to Mary J. Blige, Beyonce and Ashanti wherever there was basketball the beauty, style, and sex appeal of the females was not far away. The ladies of the "Dunkadelic Era" are simply "Dunkadelicious."

Xbox College Hoops 2K6-Dunkadelic University, ESPN the Magazine, USA Today the "Dunkadelics of All-Star 2005", NBA Inside Stuff Special Collector's Edition "Dunkadelic Issue", and the "Dunkadelic" shoe worn by Iverson for Jordans' last NBA game on 4/16/03 shows the growing popularity of the Dunkadelic terminology.

Big-time basketball is more than a Slam Dunk, it's Dunkadelic!

For more information or interview request on the Dunkadelic origin, All-Dunkadelic Teams, The "Dunkadelic Era" In America, or the "Dunkadelicious" term contact Derrick E. Vaughan of Dunkadelic Inc. 443-851-5244.

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