Don’t be holding your breath waiting for Blake Griffin to be participate in any more NBA All-Star dunk contests. The high-flying Los Angeles Clippers forward enjoyed the experience but prefers a bit more rest and relaxation these days.
According to Arash Markazi for ESPN Los Angeles, Griffin said on Saturday that he understood why Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers wanted to become the first player in NBA history to participate in five All-Star Weekend events. Griffin himself, however, is now content to concentrate on just the All-Star Game itself:
I wouldn’t say it was a mistake [in 2011] because it was a great experience, but it's something I would never do again. ... Saturday night for me now has become the time where I hang out with my family and hang out with my friends and take it easy.
A few years ago, Blake Griffin did the Dunk Contest, Rising Stars game, and All-Star game. Lillard is doing that + 3 point & Skills contest.— Basketball Forever (@Bballforeverfb) February 6, 2014
There’s good reason for fans to be disappointed. The KIA spokesperson famously hurtled over the hood of a car in 2011, en route to winning the dunk contest.
Griffin may not be subjecting himself to the rigors of the All-Star Game and the Sprite Slam Dunk contest, but three other players will—including Lillard, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers and John Wall of the Washington Wizards.
Still, it’s doubtful there will be a KIA involved.
Some good things only happen once. We’ll always have 2011. Plus, fans will no doubt get to see some Griffin skywalking on Sunday night, Feb. 16, for the main event. And then there’s the Clippers games.
"All Blake Griffin does is dunk" isn't even an accurate criticism anymore, but even if it were, how is that a bad thing?— Adam Reisinger (@AdamReisinger) February 8, 2014
The team may no longer embrace their old “Lob City” tag, but Griffin still routinely throws it down with authority during Clippers games.
Did I mention that we'll always have the KIA?