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Kevin Garnett Reveals That Team USA Had A $1M Bounty For Anyone Who Could Dunk on Yao Ming

Yao Ming

Yao Ming is one of those once in a lifetime type of players. As a 7'6", 310-pound center, he dominated the inside in a way few could.

Ming's sheer size and skillset were so intimidating, in fact, that team USA placed a $1 million bounty for anyone who could dunk on him in-game. Here's the story, as told by Kevin Garnett during an interview with Alex Wong of Yahoo Sports:

"First of all, people didn't know, we had a bounty out on Yao Ming. The whole USA team had a bet. We had a million dollar bet on who was going to be the first person to dunk on Yao Ming. None of us did. We all tried to dunk on Yao, but he would block it or we would miss. So, the first thing I thought of when I saw Vince dunk over Frederic was oh sh-t, you won the million dollars. But then I realized it obviously wasn't Yao. I pushed Vince, and if you look at the clip, he almost punches me in the face by accident. But my first thought was, oh sh-t, you won, you got the million."

Vince Carter's dunk over Frederic Weis at the 2000 Olympics is one of the most memorable moments in Olympic basketball history, one that Garnett obviously mistook for something else.

So, while Carter's dunk made for some good memories, it didn't win him the bet. Weis was a mere 7'2", while Ming stood 7'6" with way more weight. There's a reason why so much money was placed on the idea of dunking on him. It's pretty much impossible.

Alas, we'll never get to see anyone win the million. And I would say we'll have to stick to imagining it, how in the world would one even picture that?