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Blake Griffin will not defend Dunk Contest crown

Feb 3, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

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What exactly was he going to do for an encore, anyway? Jump over a Zamboni?

There will be a new NBA All-Star Dunk Contest champion because Blake Griffin is not going to defend the crown, he said Thursday. From

“As of right now I don’t plan on being in it,” Griffin said Thursday night. “Those dunk contests aren’t my thing, I said that last year. There’s a lot of guys that can put on a great show and do some good stuff….

“Last year was hectic and it kind of made it unenjoyable,” Griffin said. “So this year, we’ll see what will happen, but I will try to tone it down a bit and get a break instead of being so busy.”

Last year he was the new star in Los Angeles and the game was in his home town and building, which meant a lot more responsibilities. And that he had to go over the top for the dunk contest. So he did and jumped over a Kia with Baron Davis throwing a lob out of the sunroof.

This year was no-win for him — he would have had to out-do the car dunk and if he didn’t win the contest it would be an embarrassment. If he won, it was expected.

It does take a little wind out of the sails of the contest though; Griffin would have been the biggest name in it. Blake’s buddy and teammate DeAndre Jordan could represent the Clippers. Utah’s human pogo stick Jeremy Evans has a campaign going. We’ll see who else wants to step up and take the crown. And we’ll see if guys keep going in the direction of the prop-assisted dunk (over a car with a choir singing) or if it goes a little more old school.

  1. cakemixa - Feb 3, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Good. Now we won’t have to see 10-20 stories on here about how incredible his dunk was.

  2. Pastor Benjamen S. Long - Feb 3, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Great…! Now we can watch “REAL”, competitive Dunks…!

    Come on…when will we EVER see a car on the floor DURING A GAME…?

    Let’s keep it REAL, and see Dunks that COULD possibly happen DURING a game…not just in some ONE DIMENSIONAL PLAYERS imagination.

  3. acdc363 - Feb 3, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Ten bucks says he still wins.

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Feb 3, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    I didn’t think the Kia dunk was all that impressive. I mean, it wasn’t like he jumped over a Hummer, it was a Kia.

  5. africanballer - Feb 3, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    I think it’s good for him, the one and done thing. It proves he’s interested in other aspects of the game besides throwing it down all the time

  6. Justin - Feb 3, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Can we stop pretending that dunk was cool.

  7. rodneysixerfolife - Feb 3, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Why not defend your crown?? these guys are all so petrified of losing. LeBron wants to get in the slam dunk but he’s scared of losing. Grow some BALLS!!!
    Well at least Dominique Wilkins wasn’t scared of Jordan in the slam dunk.
    One of the best..if not the BEST slam dunk battle ever!!!
    Nique and Jordan deserve mad props for doing it more than once….

  8. pkswally024 - Feb 3, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Can we stop pretending that any of these all star events with the exception of MLB is a bunch of garbage. Players barely playing with any emotion or energy. Not really giving a crap about the fans that pay their salaries. All these guys are overrated premadanas that make entirely way too much cash to play a game. Shame on us as well

  9. AlohaMrHand - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    The dunk contest has been lame for years.

  10. isujames - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    vince carter was the last good dunk contest winner.Those blake dunks last year where lame and uncreative

  11. Josh - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    I’m hoping for some Derrick Williams

  12. sguy2130 - Feb 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    He is probably embarassed that he even won it last year with that dog & pony show he put out there. The dunk was so lame that even the Kia commercial had to put it in slow motion to make it look better.

  13. bearsstillsuck - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Was anybody impressed by him jumping over the car?

  14. tomlyy - Feb 5, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Reason #761 why Lebron will never touch Kobe or MJ …..

    he’s too scared to enter the dunk contest.

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