2011 Dunk Contest

This car dunk blows Blake Griffin’s away


We all know it, the Blake Griffin car dunk was style over substance. Sizzle not steak. Jessica Alba to Scarlett Johansson. (Hey, Scarlett can actually act.)

Well meet Guy Dupey, part of the And1 crew. He pulled off this car dunk in Poland that blows Griffin’s away. This my friends is steak with the sizzle.

Blake, ball is in your court now.


Video: Top Dunks from February

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We may be four days late with this video, but it’s Friday night, did you really want to read a breakdown of the Nets/Raptors game?

As one might expect, this has plenty of dunks from the All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest, but the good news is they didn’t put Blake Griffin’s Car Dunk number one. No, that honor goes to….

Watch the video. Let’s just say at the end of the day you don’t need props to do a great dunk.


Spending All-Star Weekend with Blake Griffin

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Because we can’t seem to get enough of all things Blake Griffin….

NBA TV is about to air a new show “24 Hours with Blake Griffin” starting Friday (the premiere is Friday, 6 p.m. Eastern). The show follows Griffin as he is the rock star of All-Star Weekend, doing the Rookie Challenge, the Slam Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game itself. There are all sorts of other players fawning over Griffin.

And, there is footage of him in the dunk contest rehearsal. Not in this clip though, you’ll have to watch the show for that.


DeMar DeRozan is done with the prop dunk contest


DeMar DeRozan came out and really rocked it last weekend. Not like Lenny Kravitz, we mean in a good way.

He came out for the dunk contest Saturday and threw it down old school. Forget the cars and the second backboard and stuffed animals hanging from the rim. He came out and just dunked.

He lost. For the second year in a row. And he’s done with it, he told the Associated Press (via Slam).

“I’m a dunker. Dunk contests, you go out there and dunk. I’m not into all the props and everything,” DeRozan said at shootaround before Tuesday’s game against Charlotte. “I try to come out with a creative dunk and do it and go from there. My fans liked it and you can see the reaction from a lot of people afterward.

“If there’s a dunk contest next year I’ll do it. But not no prop dunk contest.”

DeRozan speaks for a lot of people, ones who think the dunk contest is more spectacle than show of athletic skills. People who think the props cheapen the event.

The people are losing the war, however. NBA Saturday is not about skills (well, technically the Skills Challenge is, we guess), it’s about show. The NBA is embracing the spectacle, and the fans are tuning in. The old-school dunk contest now is in the wing of the museum with the T-Rex bones.

That said, DeRozan did get jobbed on this one. He was good. Very good.

Video: DeMar DeRozan’s “Show Stopper” dunk, in slow-motion

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One last trip back to the Saturday night dunk contest, something fun to watch on a game-free night.

On a night with dunks over cars and stuffed animals grabbed in people’s mouths, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan may have had the best of the non-prop dunks. You can argue that Blake Griffin’s tornado dunk was better, but DeRozan nailed this one on the first try. That should count for something.

He called it The Show Stopper. Well, coach Darryl Dawkins did anyway. Watch for yourself, in the slow motion that NBA.com is so fond of.