15th Anniversary of The "Dunkadelic" Terminology 1997-2012
December 27, 2011- During February of 1997 there was a new dunk term created. It would be different because it would embody the cultural fusion of basketball and hip-hop. It also came at a time where the two cultures together would grow to iconic pop-culture status. Until that time it was slam dunk, stuff, or jam. Dunkadelic would be born and the most colorful dunk term in basketball would make it's way from the brain of it's creator Derrick E. Vaughan to the feet of Allen Iverson (the most distinguished player of the hoops and hip-hop culture), to the ESPN highlight reels, and all the way to the White House of the last two U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. This coming February 2K12 will be the 15th Anniversary of the Dunkadelic term. It has become the one-word term that defines a spectacular highlight reel dunk, and also hoops & hip-hop as a culture in America. On April 16, 2003 Allen Iverson wore the ATR Dunkadelic shoe for the last played NBA game of Michael Jordan's career. Jordan and Iverson were the two best basketball shoe endorsers of the era. Jordan is considered the best player ever and Iverson wore the Dunkadelic shoe for the historic game. April 16th is also the birthday of the NBA's all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul Jabbar. NBA Inside Stuff published the Special Collector's Edition Dunkadelic Issue for Dec/Jan 2005 with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Tracy McGrady, and Vince Carter on the cover. In June 2009 former City of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon became the first U.S. Mayor to proclaim June as NBHHCM (National Basketball & Hip-Hop Culture Month). The proclamation was written to honor the 25th Anniversary of the hoops and hip-hop culture era born in 1984 that was being referred to as "The Dunkadelic-Era" In America. The City of Philadelphia and Mayor Michael A. Nutter in 2010 became the first NBA team city to proclaim June as NBHHCM. That same year in 2010 Governor Martin O'Malley and the State of Maryland became the first U.S. State to proclaim June as NBHHCM. Dunkadelic was the last dunk terminology created for basketball. Now it's time for the term to be entered in the American English dictionary. A nice gift for your 15th Anniversary. Now that's Dunkadelic!