UPDATE: Blake Griffin was interviewed today after finding out that he was selected to participate in the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star weekend. Here is what he had to say:
“It’s great, you know, something I’ve always watched as a kid growing up. Seeing the guys in the league compete in the dunk contest and put on a show and all that, it’s definitely cool to be able to do that now.”
“I think I’m just gonna try and get up as high as possible and throw it down as hard as possible. You know, put a little show in there, put a little pizazz and see what we can come out with. Hopefully I’ll have the home court advantage, but I don’t know, we got a lot of good guys in there so I’m definitely going to try to play into that a little bit.”
“I’ve got a few things up my sleeve. I’m not showing them yet.”
To see the rest of what Griffin had to say about the opportunity to participate in the dunk contest, check out the interview.
Blake Griffin, the high-flying rookie for the Los Angeles Clippers, will be participating in the 2011 All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Griffin will be competing against Washington’s JaVale McGee, Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings, and Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka. Based on what he’s done so far this season it seems like Griffin will run away with the award, but I have a feeling the 7’6″ wingspan McGee may have a few tricks up his sleeve.
Although Griffin puts on a multiple dunk display on a nightly basis, I’m sure he will come up with something we haven’t seen him do yet. Should Griffin win the contest, he will be the first rookie to win the award since Nate Robinson won it in 2006 while playing for the New York Knicks.