Those who saw Marques Johnson play at UCLA or in the NBA may remember him soaring to the hoop, an uber-athletic big man who may have coined the phrase "point-forward."

Johnson, who retired in 1989, has a tradition that every year on his birthday he throws down a slam dunk. He was born in February, but he put off his jam this year so he could record the first slam dunk in UCLA's renovated Pauley Pavilion.

The five-time NBA All-Star recently snuck into Pauley, and luckily there was a camera crew to film his dunking attempt. Johnson, who is 6-foot-7, struggles at first with the dunk, and he even considers lowering the hoop more than a foot, but he fights on and is rewarded for his perseverance.

Next year he may want to set the basket at 8 feet, 9 inches.

(H/T to Yardbarker)

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