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Blake Griffin on the Dunk Contest: ‘It’s something I would never do again’

Feb 9, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Blake Griffin won the 2011 Dunk Contest by doing something that had never been done previously, and won’t be duplicated again.

The man jumped over a car.

While we can debate whether or not that sounds a lot more impressive than it actually was, the vibe at Staples Center was electric when the car was brought onto the court, and the perfect pass from Baron Davis that he threw from inside the vehicle was an underrated part that contributed to the overall spectacle.

We’ll have to cherish that singular moment from Griffin as far as All-Star weekend goes, however, because he says that his participation in those types of events will forever be a thing of the past.

From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:

“I wouldn’t say it was a mistake [in 2011] because it was a great experience, but it’s something I would never do again,” said Griffin, who won the dunk contest that year.

“For me, All-Star Weekend is about getting a chance to rest as much as anything. With the All-Star Game alone you still have obligations almost all day Friday and you have some kind of an event Friday night and Saturday’s practice and appearances. Saturday night for me now has become the time where I hang out with my family and hang out with my friends and take it easy.”

Many players feel the same way, and it’s part of the reason the Dunk Contest has lacked star power in recent seasons. Paul George and John Wall aim to change that in New Orleans next weekend.

There’s nothing at all wrong with Griffin’s decision. He gave his considerable contribution to Dunk Contest lore, and did so in spectacular fashion.

  1. ghelton03 - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Mugsey Bogues won the dunk championship. It is clearly all for show. Jumping over a car is for show and worthy of the dump championship.

    • crik911 - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      Are you kidding me? Jumping over the hood of a family sedan does not impress me. Demar DeRozen should have won that contest, he threw it down! Watch it over again. Keeping in mind Blake can is near 7 feet tall. To me at least, watching a 7 footer jump around 30 inches isnt a big deal. The car is 58 inches tall, divided by two thats about the hood height give or take. Its not even like the car is very far out.

      My problem with the dunk contest is; All of the dunks have been done over and over again. I believe we are almost at the limit of what these athletes can do during a contest without adding gimmicks like Blake did.

      The dunk contest can be special when you have an athelete that is special. Dr. J, MJ, Dominique, Vince Carter, all of these guys made the contest what it is today. But because they raised the bar so high we can’t stand a lesser product.

  2. ghelton03 - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    I can’t think of any athlete who has done the dunk contest and looks forward to doing it again. Everyone who has done the dunk, does it once and they are done. Clearly this is not something the athletes want to be apart of. Why do we keep subjecting them to this? I know I don’t give a sh*+ about the dunk contest.

  3. lhollis74 - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Umm, Kia is the Official car of the NBA. It was parked on the basketball court during all star weekend for the dunk contest, first, do you really believe Blake was responsible for the idea or even driving the vehicle there? Whose car is it anyway, surely Blake doesn’t own an economy car! Seeing as Kia pumps tins of money in commercials and sponsorships to the nba, do you think the executives would have been fine with anyone other than Blake winning no matter what they did? I highly doubt it.

  4. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Good, the one he participated in was the most rigged nonsense ever. His first round was easily the worst of the 4 but they had to get that Kia money somehow.

  5. raidmagic - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    That was the worst contest in recent memory. He was the 3rd best dunker that day but won because the NBA needed that KIA on the floor.

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