Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, reigning Sprite Slam Dunk champion, decided to give the NBA a dunk a to talk about heading into the festivities. Griffin flew over half of the Denver Nuggets in the middle of the third quarter.
Funny that Timofey Mozgov was in the house.
New York Knicks Iman Shumpert was supposed to be involved in this years Sprite’s Slam Dunk contest which he was to involve teammate Jeremy Lin. Shumpert has had to withdrawn from the contest due to injury forcing Utah Jazz Jeremy Evans to replace him.
Shumpert told the New York Post that he had plan to use the couch Lin was sleeping on to jump over in the competition. If you recall, Lin had been sleeping on his brothers couch until the Knicks had guaranteed his contract.
“Once my knee was so sore, I started thinking about it: ‘Am I going to be able to jump over the couch?’ All kinds of things to think about.’”
Back in his home country of Puerto Rico, Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea has a Sprite billboard that takes a jab at Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant. In the translation of the billboard it says “Only my ribs hurt, but for Kobe, it’s his ego.”
Back in game four of the Western Conference Semifinals Barea was leveled by a cheap shot that came from Bryant’s Laker teammate Andrew Bynum which would explain the “ribs” reference. But I guess the NBA game doesn’t get televised in Puerto Rico as they would have clearly seen Kobe had nothing to do with the play instead it was all Bynum and the jab should be directed at him.
Last night on Conan, Los Angeles Clippers and the NBA Rookie of the Year award winner Blake Griffin said he would be donating the Kia sedan that he jumped over to win the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend to charity. Griffin said it would be on a charity auction on the website AutoTrader.com with proceeds benefiting Stand Up 2 Cancer. Griffin dedicated the All-Star weekend to his close friend Wilson Holloway, who died after a three-year fight with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Holloway died a few days before All-Star weekend and Griffin was one of the pallbearers at his funeral back home in Oklahoma
“I am honored to memorialize Wilson’s legacy by helping raise funds for cancer research,” Griffin said in a statement. “Wilson was an inspiration to everybody who knew him, and a very dear friend and teammate.”
The auction started last night and runs through May 15.
By now you have seen Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin’s Sprite Slam Dunk over a 2011 Kia Optima, if not click HERE, but how does that dunk compare to And1 crew member Guy Dupey who pulled off this car dunk in Poland. Not only does Dupey jump over the center mass of a car but he also takes the ball between his left before the slam.
What do you think?
Los Angeles clippers Blake Griffin became the Sprite Slam Dunk champion at All-Star weekend Blake Griffin, however, thanks to Ben Maller, it looks as if Griffin was predetermined the dunk champion before the event even had taken off. Maller released a copy of an official NBA press release that shows in the timeline of 5:28 EST, a full hour before the event even got under way, that it called Griffin the winner.
Check out the press release HERE and look under the 1:20 – 2:00 pm section.
Car marker Kia has jumped on the Los Angeles Clipper Blake Griffin after he helped spark instrest in the automaker after jumping over the hood in the Sprite Slam Dunk contest.
However who would have thought this was the last pass Baron Davis would throw to Griffin.
Throughout the season and all the dunks I’ve seen from Los Angeles Clippers rookie Blake Griffin the more has reminded me of an early Shawn Kemp. Back in his days with the Seattle Supersonics the “Reign Man” showed off tremendous power and pure athletic ability to do all kinds of twisting and turning to be one of the leagues elite dunkers.
So what did the former Slam Dunk participant think of Griffin’s dunk over the 2011 Kia Optima to win the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest over the weekend? The 41-year-old Kemp joined KJR in Seattle with Dave Mahler and Ian Furness and called Griffin’s final dunk “weak.”
“I’m a big Blake Griffin fan, but that dunk at the contest might’ve been the weakest dunk in the dunk contest that I’ve seen in a long time,” Kemp said. “I love the choir and all that stuff was great, but you at least gotta jump over the car though right.”
Kemp also said that he could jump over a car.
“I’m 41 years old and right now I could do it. Two Smart Cars,” he said.
Kaitlyn Iadevaia a 15-year-old teen girl from Oklahoma recently got her first cell phone as a gift but the phone has been nothing but problems. Iadevaia has been bombarded with calls with people looking to congratulate the new Sprite Slam Dunk champion and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin. As it turns out the phone number used to belong to Griffin when he played at the University of Oklahoma and as soon as the phone was activated, it started ringing and kept ringing.
At least three times a week she gets calls and texts from people asking for tickets to memorabilia and what not. To texts to Griffin are starting to annoy her as every time she is expecting one from a friend it ends up being for Blake.
Kaitlyn answers each message letting them know Griffin’s number has changed but the people leaving them don’t always believe her. Her mother did contact the Clippers to let them know about the mix up but only got an automated response. They have no plans on changing the number.
With the Crenshaw Select Choir singing “I Believe I Can Fly” at midcourt, Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin soared over the hood of 2011 Kia Optima and threw down a two-handed dunk that won him the Sprite Slam Dunk contest.
And for those that wanna say that Griffin did indeed jump over the car then need to compare that dunk to street court legend Chris Lowery aka Skywalker’s.
Subway offers a website where you can dunk like Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin by putting a photo of your face on the dunking machines body. So what’s type of dunk you think will do to win the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, the tomahawk, windmill, two handed, up and under or off the glass?
Everyone can’t wait to see Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin’s performance at this years Sprite NBA All-Star Dunk Contest but Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan, who my money is on, gave a little preview of what you might expect for him during his allotted time. A trampoline, a man dressed in a chicken suit, a ladder, all spells disaster.
Back on Tuesday, we posted the story of the Indiana Pacers marketing department trying to make a push for Josh McRoberts to get into the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. The Pacers had hopes of McRoberts appearing at the weekend festivities with teammate Brandon Rush and thought the best way to do this was come up a genius idea of them two portraying the movie “White Men Can’t Jump” with McRoberts playing the part of Billy Hoyle and Rush as Sidney Dean.
Now we have uncovered the video that accompanied the movie poster.
Indiana Pacers recently tried to put together a marketing push to get Josh McRoberts into the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. It didn’t work but in pursuit of their marketing plan they came up with this brilliant idea of photoshoping the “White Men Can’t Jump” movie poster with McRoberts playing the part of Billy Hoyle and teammate Brandon Rush as Sidney Dean.