One of Stanley Kubrick’s favorite films, White Men Can’t Jump, is turning 25. It can now legally rent a car. And unlike most millennial-aged things, even the grumpiest old codgers can’t really find anything bad to say about this movie. White Men Can’t Jump might be one of the best basketball films ever made, even if it’s about so much more than just basketball. It’s a celebration of warped humanity, a psalm to the addiction of the hustle, an anthemic chorus to the no-man’s-land between uneasy partnership and uncertain friendship. Anchored by Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson during a period of mutual ascendance, this is a film that is far better than it should be on paper. Although to be fair, an elevator pitch of “dopey white guy hustles a cool black guy and then they hustle some other guys, and also sometimes they argue about Jimi Hendrix” is pretty good. 

Ultimately, it’s a buddy comedy about Sidney Deane (Snipes) and Billy Hoyle (Harrelson), a pair of codependent quasi-scumbags playing hoops for money, and how their compulsion to commit acts of righteous swindling incurs the well-earned wrath of their much stronger female counterparts. It’s a film about stewing racial divides, honor among hucksters, the gaps on the perimeter where desperate Americans are forced to toil. But most of all, it’s about one doofy, not-very-tall white guy’s quest to prove he can jump high enough to put an orange ball through a hoop with his hands. However, while this is a great film, a classic even, we must ask: How the fuck did Billy Hoyle dunk?

Billy Hoyle’s a doughy white man in his thirties, one that stands no taller than 5’10”, and more likely a very solid 5’9”. He looks more likely to dunk a donut than a basketball. Here are a couple theories for how he pulled off the impossible:

Theory #1: Magic Sneakers. There is as of yet no textual evidence to support this theory, though it’s hard to imagine every character that witnessed said dunk not having this in the back of their minds.

Theory #2: Magic Genie. It is possible that in a deleted scene Billy Hoyle finds a magic lamp and wastes one of his three wishes on being able to leap an extra few inches. Again, no evidence supports this theory, but he is the type.

Since it’s likely that neither of the above theories will explain Hoyle’s titular dunk, we had some experts weigh in.