The 2011 NBA Dunk Contest was a memorable one, especially since Blake Griffin won the contest after making his debut for the Los Angeles Clippers following a knee injury forced him to miss the first year of his NBA career.
According to Griffin, the Dunk Contest didn't happen exactly as he wanted to, however, after he claims the NBA forced him to jump over a Kia Optima. He spoke with Barstool Sports' on their Pardon My Take podcast Monday, where he revealed that he actually wanted to jump over a convertible in the contest.
“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.”
If you didn't know, the Kia Optima is the official vehicle of the NBA, which is why it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone that the league was insisting on Griffin using it for the show.
“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.”
Griffin won the contest on that game winning dunk where he jumped over the Optima, but didn't defend his crown the following year and hasn't participated in it since.
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