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Normally, these types of highlight reel posts are saved for the LeBrons and Howards of the world, but sometimes you run across something that’s just so cool, you can’t help but sharing. Yes, the dunk in the lead video is a nice one with plenty of authority, but for me, the reason it’s so good has to do with the name of the player doing the dunking, in this case, I’m referring to Nana Papa Yaw Dwene “Pops” Mensah-Bonsu, aka, Pops Mensah-Bonsu. Apparently, Pops received his name from the same group of folks who named Dikembe Mutombo, or Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo for short.

Besides being a nifty dunker, Pops was born in London, England, which, perhaps makes him the best British basketball player — perhaps ever. There’s little doubt Pops is the best dunker from the British Isles, something a quick YouTube check helps confirm. Pops is also a big hit on Wikipedia, which is also confirmed by this screen-cap of nifty little edit that says all you need to know about the Toronto Raptor they call “Pops”.

Pops Rocks
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The dunk in the lead video is from the Toronto/Chicago Bulls overtime “epic” from Sunday. For his efforts, Pops finished with 13 points and 4 rebounds — oh, and one nasty, nasty dunk down the lane.