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Breaking News: Blake Griffin can still dunk so hard NBA stars freak out

Jul 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

One thing that is commonly said by reporters covering Team USA, outside of the annoying lack of media access, the joy of being in Vegas long-term, and the long travel hours traipsing the world for exhibitions and the games, there’s usually a level of awe at the amount of talent in one room.

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, they’re all on the same team, with Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook and the like. Blake Griffin is the last guy on the roster, for crying out loud, and a lot of people wondered why he was even on the team. The answer is that he can rebound, he can run the pick and roll, and he is, despite everyone’s over-counter-reaction to his hype, a very good basketball player.

Oh, yeah, and he can do this.

“Oh, of course he dunks, that’s all he does.”

Well, aside from that not being true, a dunk still counts as two points. And in the grand tradition of Vince Carter and Frederic Weis, it’s always nice to have a poster machine ready for when you face a worthy object to dunk over.

Just in case.

Don’t let the jaded approach get you. Enjoy Blake Griffin’s dunks. The man’s a master. My favorite part is assistant coach Mike D’Antoni at the end.

Blake Griffin dunks are like live ammo, reality television and fast food. They’re bad for you but it’s still part of our culture. U-S-A! U-S-A!

  1. rocketsbb - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    I would take Randolph over griffin skill wise as an all around player,but griffin is More of a highlight player with his dunks and all. Since USA doesn’t need a lot offensively they just went with the guy that leaves the crowd in awe no matter what country he’s in.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      People here have to realize that there’s a ton of offense on this team already. They don’t need more. There are so many players who can create and score, that the last guy on the team doesn’t need to have an incredible post game (i.e. Randolph). Colangelo doesn’t care about the fact that Griffin doesn’t have that polished of a post game or jump shot.

      Team USA’s strategy is to overwhelm the competition with athletiscm and defense. They want to put serious pressure on the opposition and then get into the open court.

      In that regard, who’s the better pick, Randolph or Griffin?

      As well, the last guy picked will probably see only garbage time. Why wouldn’t you then choose a young player, who will perhaps headline future USA teams, to gain valuable experience on the international stage?

      I personally would have loved to see Anthony Davis on the team; he will likely be the starting centre on Team USA for years to come, and gives Team USA excellent defensive post presence, as well as the ability to run on the break as well as anyone can.
      But I’m sure he;ll get his chance at the next world competition.

  2. thehoodchamp - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Don’t know why they bothered with so many PG’s. Bron is gonna end up bringing up the ball most of the time. KD and Melo could go for 40 each any night. Blake will have some highlight real dunks, but will inconsequential in the end. He won’t sniff the court if the game is close. These guys are gonna wreck the competition.

    • ccshocktalk - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Yeah, they definitely brought LeBron along just to handle the ball take it to the post and drop 40 a night. You totally have it right. Not sure why we didn’t just scrap the rest of the squad because LeBron can be the point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and center.

      You. Are. Retarded.

      International basketball is a lot different than the NBA. Unfortunately there is no 5 step traveling rule in international rules. I assure you that Coach K is going to conserve LeBron’s offensive prowess so that he can play much harder on the defensive end of the floor and help out in the post when we are over matched in size. LeBron will probably average 20 points 10 boards and a couple assists a can expect a balanced scoring attack from every player on the team.

  3. scoregasmic - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    I completely agree with this article, I hate how everyone over-counter hypes Blake, he’s actually a good basketball player, he has a fantastic post game. Why can’t everyone just enjoy that he is the best dunker in the league? Why does that have to be a bad thing?

    • findthetruth90 - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Fantastic post game? He doesn’t even have a go to move yet

      • chrisppers - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        because he has to many to just go to one :)

  4. thehoodchamp - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:23 AM


  5. fmcinyre1985 - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Dude, have u seen the guy play? I been a Clipper fan since long before Blake and cp3, and I been watching every game religiously since Blake got on board. His post game is as good as any in the league. How else can he average 20 and 12 in any given year? If u don’t think he has a go to move, his post spin move actually is 80-90% successful from what I have seen. He can step out and hit the jumper. All u guys see is the highlight reel espn condensed versions of the games. Dunking is just a part of his overall game.

    • findthetruth90 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      You just completely over hyped his post game. Every time he goes to the post he moves away from the basket that’s not a post move its a fade away. He scores 20 any given night off of about 3 alley oops and a couple wide open dunks. He is a great player! Don’t get me wrong in any stretch but post game…he has none

    • raidmagic - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Howard averages that and everyone says he has no offensive moves. Lol

  6. phx1311 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    THIS is a top story…..i know its the offseason now!!!

  7. moseskkim - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    He may lead the league in dunks but that’s only 6 points a game. He flips a lot of shots up and while it doesn’t look pretty, they go in. Deandre jordan is a one dimensional dunker. Not Blake. Blake is already averaging 20 and 10. He’s gonna learn to get easier baskets but what do u expect from him? 30 and 10?

    • findthetruth90 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      When is the last time a big man average 30? Come on now

      • chrisppers - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

        yeah, so how can people really be talking smack… when he plays the 5 for team USA, there will be no center that can run the floor with him… and his defense is tremendously underrated.

  8. tomtravis76 - Jul 8, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Blake deserves to be on this team. His game is not just about dunks. He uses his power early in his career. He game can handle the ball real well, has nice court vision , his mid range jumper is well above average, stepping back to the three is not his game but its not like he cant knock them down. Nobody can handle the guys power, just like Kemp many moons ago, why stop doing something when you have got guys intimidated before they step on the court with you?

    You can be sure Blake will be one of the main Team USA faces in Brazil, he needs this experience to become a leader for those games.

  9. credible316 - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    The most OVERRATED player in any league. That’s ALL he can do besides flop like a b***h.

  10. 1776blues - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Lets face it though, if it weren’t for the injury to Howard and Bynum electing to have the medical procedure Kobe had performed on his knees, Blake would not be on the squad.

    • camnellum12 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Eh, even if Bynum didn’t get the Orthokine Therapy, he shouldn’t have made the team. Since this is the Olympics, they’re playing withing the FIBA style of play. Kevin Love is perfect for the Olympics: he can run in transition, can step out and knock down the jumper, and is a great outlet passer. Bynum isn’t the greatest player in transition, he’ll slow down your offense since he’s a traditional center, and he isn’t great at passing out of doubles. As a Laker fan, I’d like to see 2 Lakers on Team USA, but nah.

  11. papichulo55 - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Blakes dunks is an artform, with competitive sport as its canvas! Just look at the reactions of the other players. THEY recognize that he is fast becoming the best dunker in the history of the sport. As for the so-called purists of the game, they can always search YouTube to watch two hand set shots. Besides, the dunk is the highest percentage shot in the game! So where is the problem?

  12. golfrangeman - Jul 8, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    I don’t know why we even talk about other Dunkers . Blake probably has the top 10 dunks of all time

  13. tyler200829 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Blake griffin isn’t even the best dunker on the team…..Andre Iguodala would beat him in a contest

    • dannymac17 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      yea, no he wouldnt.

      • philadelphiafan - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:42 PM

        2006 dunk contest. Iggy got robbed because he went up against the 4’10” nate robinson. Blake is the best dunker in the league right now but you can argue Iggy being a close second. Being that the Sixers aren’t nationally televised ever a lot of people dont really get to watch him.

      • chrisppers - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:21 PM

        lol like espn would miss any opportunity to show any highlight reel dunk

    • ezwriter69 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      You and Andre’s mama are the only two people on earth who think so…

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:49 AM

      nice trolling

  14. ezwriter69 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    ZERO ability to shoot the ball, which with the zones they play in FIBA means offensively he’s useless other than rebounding, and can’t be on the floor in crunch time because he can’t make a free throw. That’s why people question his value to this team, but truthfully, who the bleep else would they add that’s better?

  15. ishudbgm - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Blake is just a bonus feature on this team although he is a great young player. The team has KOBE, BRON, and KD…..did they really need anything else. Most of the games will be boring by halftime…having BG will give us a reason to watch the 3rd and 4th quarters. I bet he becomes the next huge international star if he has at least 2 exciting dunks a game which is very possible for him. GO USA!!!!!

  16. papichulo55 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Dunking during a game is the ultimate contest. Legal number of steps, no props, no retries, in the flow of a real game against NBA defense. There isnt anyone in the game today that dunks it better than Blake!

  17. camnellum12 - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    This can be great for Blake, look at the players who came back successful after playing for Team USA (in the World Championships): Kevin Love, Durant, Westbrook raised his level of play after the 2010 games, etc. have came back into the season and became instant stars. Now that Blake is in the Olympics, he can compete at a high level and the talent on this team can rub off on him and he can solidify his stardom. I always think that Blake Griffin can be two type of players: Shawn Kemp or Karl Malone. We’ll see how he turns out.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      He’s a far cry from Karl Malone, but I guess it’s not a bad thing to aim for.

      • camnellum12 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:13 AM

        Not really, he has the skill set and damn near the same body to easily compare to Malone. I really hope Mike D’Antoni becomes the Clippers HC, because he’d have a field day of pick-and-roll/pop with Griffin and CP3

  18. golfrangeman - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Blake is great

  19. mat9844 - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    European style basketball is a whole lot more physical than anything we have here. Blake will fit right in; that’s the style of basketball he excels at – the series with the Grizzlies comes to mind. This is why they need him; he’s a lot more than just an awesome dunker!

    • borderline1988 - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      Athletiscm, strength, ability to run the break, rebound the ball especially on the offensive end, bang with other bigs, etc. Also is a big that can challenge and defend other shooting bigs on the perimeter.
      All great qualities to have on this team.

      He doesn’t need to have a superstar post game; the team already has plenty of scorers on it. He’s a very solid backup big to have on the team. People have to realize that the last guy to be picked doesn;t have to have a tremendous jumper or back-to-the-basket game.

  20. jimsjam33 - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Next to LeBron , Griffin is the most exciting player in the NBA . Comparions to Randolph and other power forwards are laughable . Yes , Love is better statistically but I said ” exciting ” and thats my observation and I’m sticking to it .

  21. 1historian - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    I’ve said this many times and I’m gonna repeat it – one of these days he is going to humiliate the wrong guy on one of his dunks and there WILL be payback.

    • chrisppers - Jul 9, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      yeah, but the thing is, nobody’s really seen blake’s “mean” side ala KG and I think players are hesitant to find out what that’s like. I’d say it’s almost shown itself a couple of times, but at most just flashes… would kind of like to see it though

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