Blake Griffin Says NBA Made Him Jump Over Kia Optima at 2011 Dunk Contest (Video)
Hey, remember when Blake Griffin dunked over a Kia Optima at the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest? Remember how it was pretty cool, but not really the best dunk in the contest, and how lots of people said the contest was fixed?
Well, it turns out those people might be right. This week Griffin told the folks at Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast that it wasn’t his idea. The NBA made him jump over a Kia Optima. Because business.
Here’s Griffin in his own words:
“I wanted to jump over a convertible, but I wasn’t allowed to. It had to be a Kia Optima. 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.”
It sure sounds like maybe the NBA had decided in advance that Blake would win the contest by jumping over a Kia Optima, doesn’t it?
Maybe they decided in advance that Zach LaVine would win the 2016 contest, too. I mean, that would explain why Aaron Gordon didn’t win after he dunked over the Magic mascot on a hoverboard.
Anyway, in case you don’t remember the 2011 Kia Optima dunk, here you go…