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Blake Griffin leaves door open for Slam Dunk Contest return

Feb 13, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

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Ten of the 13 Slam Dunk Contest champions since Vince Carter have defended their title the following year. One exception was Nate Robinson, who bowed out after winning back-to-back Dunk Contests for for his second and third titles in the event. Another was Fred Jones, who was injured.

The third? Blake Griffin.

Griffin won the 2011 Dunk Contest, his only appearance in the event, with an incredible show:

Since, Griffin has seen his profile rise both as a player and in-game dunker. But he hasn’t returned to the Dunk Contest.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Blake on his future in the dunk contest

“I haven’t retired officially. It isn’t something I’ll never, ever do again. But for right now, I try to take my rest when I can. And this year I really wanted that Saturday night rest. So not this year.”

Griffin will  be 25 next season. That’s older than anyone in this year’s field and would put him in the 85th percentile of all Dunk Contest entrants ever by age.

I would be shocked if he ever competes again. All the reasons he’s not participating this year will be true next year and the year after and the year after…

  1. spthegr8 - Feb 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    I SWEAR there was a thread they other day saying he wouldn’t do another dunk contest.?? Am I going crazy or did somebody else see that too.??

    • bjornreyes - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      He actually said that the dunk contest was something he was never doing again.

      http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/09/blake-griffin-on-the-dunk-contest-its-something-i-would-never-do-again/

      Somebody must have told him to never say never, and to always keep his doors open.

  2. senorpapino - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    He shouldn’t even have made the final the year he won. Derozan got totally robbed on his two dunks.

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Feb 13, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      If Derozen wore a cape that had a huge Kia logo on it he probably would have.

  3. ravenswhat - Feb 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    It’s pretty simple. If you’re a star player, you don’t want to risk losing to some backup. That’s why most stars opt to not compete. That’s why Paul George and John Wall are beasts this year. Studs playing in the all star game and putting their rep on the line in the dunk contest. Respect.

    • antistratfordian - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      Paul George and John Wall do not have enough of a reputation to have anything on the line – plus, Paul George has already lost the contest so he has nothing to lose in that regard anyway.

      If either of them wins the contest and makes it on the front of the sports section it will be the first time the majority of Americans have even heard of them – which, of course, is why they want to win it.

  4. jerdogthompson - Feb 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Petty, petty , petty

    Most if you come off as impetuous children crying because they didn’t get their way. Get ahold of yourself and just remember your guy didn’t win loser.

  5. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    I hope one of these guys tear their ACL doing this stupid stuff…..

  6. nokoolaidcowboy - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Ha! He probably read on here how lame dunking from within the foul line over the hood of a compact was on here.

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