Dunkadelic in the American English Dictionary, 2009
12-years ago in February 1997 the term "Dunkadelic" was created. Michael Jordan was in the prime of his career. Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson were both rookies in the NBA. Shaquille O'Neal was playing in his first season of a 6-year $120 million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Lakers teaming up with the 18-year old Bryant. LeBron James was 12-years old growing up in the Akron, Ohio projects, and Jay-Z the soon to be later rap mogul was enjoying the success of his debut album 'Reasonable Doubt.'
The late rapper Notorious B.I.G. was still alive and would later be murdered a few weeks later. The sparkling jewerly term 'bling-bling' would hit the scene 2-years later in 1999.
What is Dunkadelic, and why should the term be applied to the American English dictionary?
The term Dunkadelic has various meanings some say its a really cool slam dunk, a word that defines the fusion of sports and music, slang, etc, etc, etc, but the first definition was created by the terms creator Derrick E. Vaughan of Baltimore, Maryland:
Dunkadelic (adjective) : Dunkadelic is the fusion of "basketball and hip-hop" inspired by the cultural aesthetics of urban style, fashion, and attitude. An adjective term used to help describe players by position (Dunkadelic-Power Forward, Dunkadelic-Swingman). Highlight dunks to music or rap lyrics.
Vince Carter likes to get "Dunkadelic" on the fast break for ESPN highlights. —Ming Wong, NBA Inside Stuff Special Collector's Dunkadelic Issue, Dec. Jan 2005
Dunkadelic (ATR) was the name for a line of sneakers made by Reebok in 2002 and 2003. Allen Iverson wore the Dunkadelic shoe for the historical last played game of Michael Jordans legendary career.
Linda Cohn of ESPN SporstCenter was the first National sports anchor to use the term during highlights of NBA games in March 2005.
NBA Inside Stuff published the Special Collector's Dunkadelic Issue, Dec/Jan 2005 with Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, LeBron James, and Tracy McGrady on the cover. James was 12-years old when the term was created now he graces the cover 8 years later as an NBA star.
XBox used the Dunkadelic term to promote 2K Sports College Hoops 2K6:
College Hoops® 2K6 for Xbox 360™ has hit the court, and it's just the thing for all you basketball junkies out there. Taking advantage of the expanded capability of Xbox 360, College Hoops 2K6 gives you the option of choosing not only your team, but your arena as well. The player mo-cap is amazing, and the game's engine runs as sweetly as a swish. Rosters and player characters are fully up-to-date with the current season. Has your favorite team's fate already been sealed for 2006? Now you get do-overs, Xbox 360-style.
This game gives you control over all aspects, both on-court and off. With College Hoops 2K6, you have college basketball under your thumbs. You make the calls. You choose players and determine their positions on the court. You hire and fire the coach, and you take the shot (or the fall, as the case may be). It's March and the Madness has come.
USA Today, Showmanship, style highlight NBA's showcase All-Star 2005
Shaquille O'Neal blocked a shot by Amare Stoudemire, grabbed it out of the air and started the fast break off his dribble. He passed ahead to Allen Iverson, who, from 40 feet, lobbed the ball toward the rim, seemingly to no one.
The ball looked to be sailing harmlessly out of bounds over everyone's head when, out of nowhere, James streaked in from the right, grabbed it with one hand and slammed it home in one motion.
Not to be outdone, Carter came down on the break, and when he got to the top of the key, lobbed the ball high off the glass — to himself — freezing the defense for a moment. He leaped, caught it and slammed home a one-handed jam with his elbow halfway through the basket.
10-years after the Dunkadelic term was created the term made it all the way to the White House as the headline title name for the 2006 NBA Champion Miami Heat visit to Washington, DC.
White House Dunkadelic
PRESIDENT BUSH: This is the Miami Heat's first NBA championship. I congratulate you on a tremendous achievement, even though you beat a Texas team
Bush welcomed the 2006 NBA Champion Miami Heat to the White House today. You know the drill: funny speech, presentation of the jersey, handshakes, photo, see ya. So can you name that elusive NBA Finals Trophy? The Trophy is made by Tiffany & Co., features a regulation size basketball sitting in a cup etched to resemble the basketball net. It is made of sterling silver with a 24K gold overlay, stands two-feet tall and weighs 141/2 pounds.
Visit http://blogs.chron.com/whitehouse/archives/2007/02/white_house_dun_1.html to see the complete article on the Miami Heat White House visit.
'NBA 2K9' continues dunkadelic dynasty was the National review headline title name for the popular release of the computer game NBA 2K9. The full article is available http://www.thehour.com/story/440164.
GAME INFORMER MAGAZINE
Platform: PlayStation 3 5/8 Xbox 360
Style: 1 to 4-Player Sports (Up to 10-Player Online)
Publisher: 2K Sports
Developer: Visual Concepts
Release: October 7
The Bottom Line: 8.75
There is an All-Dunkadelic Team selection of the best dunkers in college and pro basketball released the day after the Annual NBA Draft.
The basketball and hip-hop culture fusion born in 1984 that is known now as The "Dunkadelic-Era" In America, 1984-2009 is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. The cultural celebration of basketball and hip-hop has now become historical and the term that defines this movement in American history should have its place in America's dictionary. Now that's Dunkadelic!