Blake Griffin’s Dunk Contest car dunk would have been better done his way


It was the ultimate evolution of the prop dunk: Blake Griffin dunked over the hood of a Kia Optima, with Baron Davis throwing him an alley-oop out of the sunroof, while a gospel choir sang in the background. It was the dunk everyone remembers from the 2011 All-Star Dunk Contest, and it won Griffin the event (even though it wasn’t close to the best dunk of the night).

That dunk would have been much better if Griffin could have done it his way.

Here is what Griffin told Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast (hat tip and transcription via Sports Illustrated):

“I wanted to jump over a convertible, but I wasn’t allowed to. It had to be a Kia Optima,” Griffin said. “I wanted to have Baron Davis and some of my teammates roll out in a convertible, and then just toss it straight up and jump over the whole thing, instead of just the hood.

“I don’t know if you guys have stood next to a Kia Optima, but it’s a pretty tall vehicle, and there’s no way I was going to make it over the entire thing, over Baron Davis in the sunroof. So I opted for the hood, and then everyone was pissed that I jumped over the hood, like, ‘that was super easy,’ so it was just a lose-lose situation for me.”

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It makes you appreciate the prop-less Zach LaVine/Arron Gordon showdown this past February all the more.

Griffin’s dunk would have been much better done his way. Or if Kia had a convertible. But alas, it is what it is. And by the way, JaVale McGee should have won that Dunk Contest.