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Friday, February 14th, 2014 at 10:55 am  |  10 responses

Blake Griffin Hasn’t ‘Retired Officially’ from the Dunk Contest

LA Clippers star forward Blake Griffin recently said he’d never take part in an NBA Slam Dunk Contest again, but once he arrived in NOLA for All-Star Weekend, Griffin backed away from the statement to a degree. Blake also addressed Karl Malone, who’s a big fan of his. Per ESPN:

Blake on comparisons with fellow All-Star Weekend participant Karl Malone

“I’m humbled by that. That’s a honor. He was one of the best power forwards to ever do it, so obviously I have a lot of work to do to get to where [I can approach] what he accomplished. That’s not a bad person to be compared to … I’ve watched a lot of tape of him. I’ve watched mostly [from] his later years after he had really developed and had really become a force scoring the basketball. And the thing I love about him is everyone I’ve talked to about him talks about his work ethic and how hard he worked. And then on top of that just how he put together a complete game and used his strength to his advantage but also could step out and knock down shots.”

Blake on his future in the dunk contest

“I haven’t retired officially. It isn’t something I’ll never, ever do again. But for right now, I try to take my rest when I can. And this year I really wanted that Saturday night rest. So not this year.”

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  • Inceptor

    Is this a dunk contest or talk contest? Just dunk or shut up already. This applies to King James too.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s reporters asking the same question contest. which the players are forced to participate in

  • spit hot fiyah

    dfrance, are u there my dude? we went down memory lane on the dunk contest a few days ago, so i got something for u if u haven’t seen it already:

    http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/2/13/5408354/nba-slam-dunk-contest-history-feature

  • underdog

    He could always just say “both team played hard” you know…

  • davidR

    sick!

    btw, regarding the jordan vs nique, where jordan won with the free throw line dunk. i read that it actually took him 3 tries to get it, and they still gave him a 50, while they gave nique a 45 for this 2 handed windmill. if thats true, that ranks right up there with blake’s kia dunk as being fixed

  • spit hot fiyah

    true, that response is undefeated

  • Dfrance

    That site is awesome, thanks homie. Forgot all about the highway robbery Javale got. lol

  • Sheila Edward

    He was one of the best power forwards to ever do it, so obviously I have a lot of work to do to get to where [I can approach] what he accomplished.

  • spit hot fiyah
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