Eye of the Hurricane

February 20, 2011

Not a Slam Dunk

Filed under: NBA — michaelperchick @ 3:21 pm

Maybe it’s because I don’t necessarily buy into the hype that is Blake Griffin yet.  Maybe it’s because I realize that despite being a world-class athlete, a review of his skills as a basketball player aren’t as other-worldly as fans make them out to be.

Or maybe it’s that I have friends who wouldn’t have trouble jumping over the hood of a car.  Or basically winning the dunk contest on a dunk that is seen multiple times during any NBA game.

My point is this:  Nate Robinson dunked over Dwight Howard (about 7’0).  Blake Griffin jumped over the hood of a car (maybe 4’0).  Why am I impressed by this?  Go online, and there’s a video of former MLB’er Joey Gathright jumping over the top of a car.

The slam dunk contest once again failed to impress.  I hate to say it, but there’s only so many dunks you can do.  After a while, the dunks begin to look eerily similar.  The event has been going on for nearly 30 years, which means nearly three decades of creativity and dunks.  What was amazing in the 80’s is routine now.

I’m not getting on Blake, cause he seems like a real good guy, and has help make the other team in LA (or the Blakers) relevant again.  But for the first time in his career last night, he truly failed to impress many of his fans.

Not that I can say anybody was really “robbed.”  McGee’s last dunk was something a lot of high schoolers could have done, and DeRozan’s first dunk was too much to overcome- despite his second dunk being great.

Congrats to Blake for winning the award, and congrats to TNT for somehow turning what should be an event that takes no longer than half an hour, and stretching it out over an hour.



  1. are you kidding me it didnt impress. Javale dunked three balls and also dunked on two different baskets. Griffins dunks were good he did do one of the best dunks ever (i understand it was vince’s but it hard to duplicate) and also Serge Ibaka performed a dunk from the farthest distance ever. Are you kidding me. Even the panelists were impressed by some of the dunks and they were all some of the greatest ever. Javale dunk at the end was terrible and he even said serge stole his free throw dunk so he didnt want to copy.

    Comment by sleonardo3 — February 20, 2011 @ 7:32 pm | Reply

  2. I agree with you on what you said about not buying into the abundance of hype surrounding Griffin. He’s tremendously athletic, but his game still needs some polishing.
    It’s truly amazing the impact the media can have on the masses. Every Sportscenter is essentially the Blake Griffin Show and it has people in a frenzy. A friend of mine recently called Griffin the best power forward in the NBA right now. I then proceeded to slap him.
    As for that Dunk Contest, I found it to contain some spectacular dunks and was entertained by it, but it was so rigged. There was nothing anyone could do to defeat Blake. He was winning in the Staples Center no matter what. He could’ve busted out a 4 ft. ladder as a prop just to position it in the paint and lay the ball up taking off from the top step and the tens would’ve been flying up instantaneously from the judges.

    Comment by davidfurones — February 20, 2011 @ 11:04 pm | Reply

  3. All I’m going to say is that that was a way better dunk competition than the Nate/Dwight farce from the last few years.

    Comment by florencemachine — February 21, 2011 @ 11:56 pm | Reply

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