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Blake Griffin dishes out some dunk contest advice

Feb 24, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

Blake Griffin won last year’s dunk contest in an exciting and memorable way that most think will be difficult to top by any of the contestants participating in the event this year.  Jumping over a car isn’t something we see every day, and last year, JaVale McGee said he had no shot to top it unless he jumped over an airplane next.

This year’s group of relative unknowns — Paul George, Jeremy Evans, Derrick Williams, and Chase Budinger — are going to have a tough time keeping the event interesting if they don’t bring some serious creativity to the Amway Center on Saturday night.

We caught up with Griffin Friday morning at the Rising Stars Challenge practice, where he had some advice for the contestants, commented on Jeremy Lin (that’s going to be a theme this weekend, unfortunately), and let us know what his favorite hoops movie is (again, All-Star weekend is a media free-for-all, so lots of “wacky” questions).

  1. lebronsinsecurity - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Advice from Blake: Use a prop(car) that the company sponsoring the event manufactures = Automatic win, even if you were out dunked

  2. md23rewlz - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    I guess I will be the one to post the obligatory “Blake Griffin’s “winning” dunk last year sort of sucked” comment. But seriously, it did.

    • chiadam - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      It totally did. If you’re going to dunk over a car, dunk over the roof. He dressed up an average dunk with a car, a fatty fat teammate and a choir. Yep, he roped God into his nonsense. And then the puppets danced. The ESPN seals barked. And a champion was crowned.

  3. Justin - Feb 24, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    I agree with the above posters. It did suck. Do you think if you keep telling us that it didn’t suck maybe we will forget it did or something? So if they want to beat it just do a dunk. If you want to see really cool dunks you have to go on youtube and watch ones from like 10 years ago. No props or any of that crap.

  4. jimsjam33 - Feb 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    I don’t agree with the purist above . The slam dunk contest was put on for entertainment and last years contest was brilliant . Javale McGee was the unfortunate loser , but his dunks were appreciated and remembered for their greatness . Blake Griffin put on a show , a spectacular show . Yes , he jumped over a car and threw down a thunder dunk . That’s entertainment it draws interest and high TV ratings . It’s worth mega bucks to the producers , sponsers , and the media . The LA Clippers have been sold out for 28 games in a row. Before Blake Griffin you never saw the Staples arena even half full .
    Did it suck ? Only to those who hate the Clippers and Blake Griffin . If it had been a Laker you would be hearing a different tune .
    For all the purist you have this years contest to see generic dunks . I bet you won’t even turn the TV on it will be so dull .

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