Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 2:42 pm  |  42 responses

Slamadaday: Blake Griffin on Hamed Haddadi

Funny things happen at funny times. This dunk was supposed to be on Hasheem Thabeet — the No. 1 should’ve pounded this on No. 2, metaphorically putting the Draft’s first runner up in his place. Well, it was Thabeet’s relief, Hamed Haddadi, who took the punishment. Why didn’t fate have its cruel way, you ask? If you haven’t heard by now, Thabeet’s summer league was pretty much… abysmal. In the words of a SLAM reporter who witnessed this dunk live in Las Vegas, “It was an awful performance by the best center in this year’s draft.”

What’s funniest, though, are the numbers. Haddadi played 10 minutes and swatted 3 shots. Thabeet played 30 minutes, committed 7 fouls, 5 turnovers and swiped at nothing but wind. When Thabeet was in, it wasn’t pretty. When he was out, it got even nastier. Thanks Blake, for showing everyone who’s No. 1.

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  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    This is nasty lol. It just gets nastier every time I see it. He said “Take this ball and SHOVE IT!” lol

  • WB30

    damn that kid’s got some energy, ROY.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    With the left hand? Wow.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    I’m blown away. I can’t believe how athletic this kid is.

  • http://slamonline Negetivekreep

    Just me or could this Guy become the closest thing in the L to LBJ?

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    who was that other guy on him’s team that tried to put it back also? him beat the guy to it. nasty

  • http://ballislifeonline.ning.com/profiles/blogs/in-honor-of-the-number-one Moose

    CLICK MY NAME to read something that I wrote on this guy. Metaphor of sorts.

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    Gotta love it when you teammate doesn’t box his man out and you get flushed on.

  • Robe

    The Javale McGee Oop over Blake was even better post that!

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    He did that crap everyday in college.

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    iv been saying for a long time that he may be the only person to take lebron 1-1. not saying lebron still wont drop 20-10-9 on him, but blake will be a player to stay with him 1-1 without doubaling him up.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Thanks a lot, Blake. Iran’s pretty much gonna declare war now.

  • Rusty

    laughed pretty loud at work when i read antons comment, got some funny looks.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Kreep, I know you’re happy but please don’t say things like that. play wit it.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    That dunk is how I like my women: downright nasty.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I apologize or that statement.

  • http://www.blogs.myspace.com/originadro Witness

    I just screamed while watchin the dunk and my mom asked me what was wrong!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    nate, if you think that blake can stay in front of bron on the perimeter… then you’re out of your mind.

  • http://kingakai.com Alpha-bet

    That was on some Dominique, Tip-Dunk on your own team business right there..

  • danny

    Too bad lebron isn’t even as strong as this kid. Blake would run him over are you kidding. 10-0 Blake.

  • jose

    i think blake has potential to be the big man version of LBJ. tho LBJ is huge enough.so i use the phrase big man lightly haha

  • http://www.nba.com Pardeep


  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Blake Griffin seems like the real deal. I don’t know why people compare him to LeBron though… He’s a certified Power Forward, this Blake kid. And he doesn’t have a skill-level anywhere near LeBron’s, especially on the perimeter. I see the strength and athleticism though, but LeBron is also much faster.
    LOL @ Jeff Fox.

  • dakidobf

    Yeah I really don’t get the Lebron comparisons at all. Have you watched Blake play? Blake is there in terms of athleticism, but he doesn’t have the all around game of Lebron. Not even close.

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    I’m going to call Gerard Himself “ODB” from now on

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    thabeet committed 7 fouls? 6 isn’t the summer league limit?

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I think Hisham has a point haha

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    @davidR: believe it or not: 10 fouls is the limit.

  • riggs

    Anton with post of the day.

    and like my main man bernie mack (rip) said: him downstairs

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    No one is saying he has the court vision/speed/shot/dribbling/creativity of Lebron James. They’re saying strength wise and leaping wise, he’s downright Lebron James-ish.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    I can get down with that statement, Ju. play wit it.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    Well, evidently nate the great has been saying that Blake could handle LBJ one on one for a long time now. Lets chill with that kind of talk until the guy plays in an actual nba game.

  • onlyclipfanonslam

    I am coining the phrase, you heard it here first. Gordon and Griffin = “G-men” feel free to use it. Stuart Scott’s left eye is sure to see this and use it on SC this year.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    G-Men? Sounds pretty awful, glad I heard it here first, so I can warn people that they never, ever should use it.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Not exactly, Juks. What was said is that he could cover him which involves quickness.

  • ryan.t.

    Where’s the alley-oop dunk Javale McGee got over Griffin??

  • Ryan.T.

    After a quick search I found it. At the 1:23 mark:


  • riggs
  • neaorin

    Unfortunately for Blake, he still plays for the Clippers…

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Z: Well blatantly ignore Nate the Great as always and just use my statement, okay?

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    I hope DP says “play wit it” al least once more…

  • cp

    how was it on that guy? Blake didn’t even make any contact with the grizzlies defender?