Raw footage for the 1986 television special "Once a Star" from the NBA Slam Dunk Competition during the 1986 All-Star Weekend. Connie Hawkins (1942-) is also briefly interviewed.
00:00Copy video clip URL Color bars and tone.
00:32Copy video clip URL Connie Hawkins is interviewed. Producer Tom Weinberg asks Hawkins about how he entered the NBA. Hawkins talks about the transition from playing basketball in college to the professional league. Hawkins thinks the best experience he’s ever had was with the Harlem Globetrotters, who gave him a better world view.
02:22Copy video clip URL Hawkins has no idea where he would be without basketball: “Basketball is my life.” Weinberg then asks about a specific basketball game that took place during Hawkins’ senior year of high school, and Hawkins describes the game, which finished with a 21-15 final score. Hawkins goes on to briefly talk about the friendships he developed in the NBA, living in Pittsburgh, and seeing some of his old friends during the NBA Legends game.
05:13Copy video clip URL Cut to footage of the Slam Dunk Championship guidelines as displayed on a monitor, and the stadium’s large scoreboard. The stadium is now full, and players are introduced. The 5’8″ Spud Webb (1963-) receives loud cheers from the crowd after taking a few practice dunks. His teammate Dominique Wilkins (1960-) also receives a nice round of applause. There is footage from around the arena, including shots of Cazzie Russell (1944-), Bill Russell (1934-), Martina Navratilova (1956-), and other celebrity judges.
10:35Copy video clip URL Footage from the competition, as well as more footage of Russell at the judges table.
17:13Copy video clip URL Cut to b-roll footage from the locker room, including a shot of each player’s locker.
18:58Copy video clip URL Tape ends.