On the Line: Larry Nance, Jr.


His father may have won the first-ever NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1984, but Laker rookie Larry Nance, Jr. says he was a late-bloomer when it came to throwing down on his own.

“My first dunk came pretty late … Mine was my junior year of high school and I just barely scraped it over the rim. My parents and my friends were like, ‘Jeez, finally’ … I’m kind of making up for the lost time now.”

Listen below as Larry talks about the surreal moment of lining up against Tim Duncan, learning from Kobe Bryant and playing against Kevin Garnett — whose signature shoe he wore all through middle school.

The Players’ Tribune on Mad Dog Radio, hosted by Ben Lyons, airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. EST on Sirius XM channel 82.

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