If Porter Maberry could sit down and have a conversation with gravity, he might say, “I’m sorry, but I respectfully disagree.” That’s because at 5’5″ and 145 pounds, he can dunk a basketball on a regulation size hoop.
Okay, let’s get real. He can’t just dunk. He can jump over Shaquille O’Neal who stands 7’2″ and throw down a reverse with authority. He can whip a 360 around and outshine most NBA players above the rim. He can fly over a convertible with ease, his feet nearly kicking the rim.
Don’t believe me? Check out his high-flying act over one of the greatest big men to ever play the game.
“When I walked up to Shaq, I really thought I wasn’t going to be able to do it. But I thought about my daughter (Destinee, age 5) and went and smashed it,” he told Mlive.com at the time.
So, who is the TNT 2016 “Dunk King?” He entertains crowds with the spring in his legs, but there’s so much more to his story.
According to Fox Sports, the 26-year-old from Grand Rapids, Michigan was working at a furniture company to support his daughter before becoming a professional dunker.
He could touch the rim at 14 years old and 5’2,” but his first official dunk came during a pickup game at 19.
The self-described shy kid had NBA dreams, but his height didn’t lead to any college scholarship offers.
In his late teens, he had a daughter on the way, so he began working, lifting office furniture onto pallets, and taking community college classes when he had time.
After a short stint on the Grand Rapids Community College basketball team, Maberry opted to quit basketball and work full-time lifting furniture.
It turns out his job actually led him to leaping for a living.
“Lifting all that furniture might’ve kicked in the men legs,” Maberry told Fox Sports. “I don’t know what it was, but the rim started looking closer to me.”
With stronger legs, he entered a dunk contest in Michigan in 2011, and took first place. He drew the attention of Team Flight Brothers, a pro dunk team, and they invited him to various events.
By 2012, he was a full-time professional dunker, traveling from state to state and country to country to wow crowds and earn a living.
Today, he has two daughters and his above-the-rim career is still fulfilling his childhood hoops dream.
Take a look at what the man with the superpower of flight can do:
From the warehouse to the hardwood. Does it get much better?