Gay posts request for All-Star dunk inspiration on YouTube

Updated: February 12, 2008, 8:07 PM ET
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Rudy Gay has turned to the Internet for extra inspiration for this year's slam dunk contest at NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

The Memphis Grizzlies swingman has posted his request on the video sharing site You Tube, asking dunkers around the world to submit their best throw-down. Gay plans to emulate the best of those dunks at the contest.

Gay had two requests of his You Tube audience: Don't do anything unsafe, and no props.

"They have to perform dunks I can do," Gay said Tuesday on ESPN First Take.

As for the submissions he's seen so far?

"They jump very high ... they get up, it's crazy," Gay said.

Toronto Raptors power forward Chris Bosh has already used YouTube in connection with All-Star Weekend -- and it's one of the reasons he'll be joining Gay in New Orleans.

Bosh posted a clip of himself as a Texas car salesman in a bid to get All-Star votes, and though he didn't overtake Kevin Garnett in the voting, he was added to the Eastern Conference team as a reserve.

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