Sign him up! Basketball-dunking elephant shows people how it's done

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By ERIC LYONS

Shaquille O'Neal and Yao Ming can't compete with a basketball-dunking elephant.

This pachyderm named "Chuck" is no Air Bud, but he still can drive into the paint and throw down with any NBA great.

Video of the 13-foot tall beast owning the lane surfaced last month after being posted to YouTube by the owners of an African safari in Ontario, Canada. It was first flagged by Deadspin.

Elephants can grow to weigh more than 14,000 pounds, according to National Geographic. Not even Tim Duncan or Charles "Round Mound of Rebound" Barkley can stop Chuck in the paint. He dwarfs even Manute Bol and Gheorghe Muresan, both the tallest men in NBA history at 7'7''.

Chuck has not played on the AAU circuit or been recruited by any D1 schools like most developing NBA prospects, but he has been training tirelessly at the zoo and eating a steady vegan diet of grass, roots and the occasional piece of fruit.

Using a solid technique, Chuck grabs the loose ball with his trunk, plants his feet and gracefully slams it home.

It is not clear at this time if Chuck has aspirations of making it to the NBA, but the Oklahoma City Thunder are in desperate need of an animal to control the paint and back up Kevin Durant.

While not as big as Chuck, here are the tallest men in NBA history:
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Sign him up! Basketball-dunking elephant shows people how it's done

Ralph Sampson (No. 50, Rockets)

7'4


(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Rik Smits (No. 45, Pacers)

7'4

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Mark Eaton (No. 53, Jazz)

7'4

(AP Photo/Chad Surmick)

Slavko Vranes (No. 23, KK Partizan)

7'5

(AP Photo / Marko Drobnjakovic)

Pavel Podkolzin (No. 24, Mavericks)

7'5

(Photo By Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Chuck Nevitt (No. 52, Rockets)

7'5

(Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

Yao Ming (No. 11, Rockets)

7'6

(AP Photo/ Mark Weber)

Shawn Bradley (No. 44, Mavericks)

7'6

(AP Photo/Paul Connors)

Gheorghe Muresan (No. 77, Bullets)

7'7

(AP Photo/Roberto Borea)

Manute Bol (No. 11, Sixers)

7'7

(AP Photo/John Bohn)

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