Sunday, February 20, 2011
Blake Griffin Jumps Over a Car, Wins 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest
LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin jumped over a car.
The epic and somewhat ridiculous dunk by the Clippers rookie in the contest's final round capped a memorable 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk contest, and was more than enough to earn Griffin the event's championship trophy.
It went down like this: a silver Kia with tinted windows was rolled out onto the floor, with the hood of the car positioned in the paint. A choir was brought out at the other end of the court, and sang before the dunk was attempted. The head of Griffin's teammate, Baron Davis, appeared out of the vehicle's sunroof, and he was holding a basketball. Griffin got a running start, leaped into the air while clearing the car with ease, and caught a pass from Davis which he slammed home with two hands, bringing his team's home-town, L.A.crowd to a fever pitch.
Like I said: Ridiculous.
"It was actually my idea to use the car," Griffin said. "When they first came to me with the dunk contest idea, they said there was no rules. I was like, 'So I can jump over a car?', kind of playing around. He was like, 'Yeah.' And I was like, 'Oh, maybe I have to do it now.' "
The car was the last and greatest prop used in this year's contest, but it wasn't the first.