Blake Griffin Dunk Contest: LA Clippers Star Makes Mistake Turning Down Event

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts after committing a foul in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at Staples Center on January 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers defeated the Heat 95-89 in overtime.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Blake Griffin, part of "Lob City" for the surging Los Angeles Clippers, is making a bonehead move by not participating in the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend. 

He was voted as a starter in the All-Star game, but choosing not to defend his Slam Dunk title is ludicrous. Griffin is known for his high-flying dunks, and without him in the event, it's going to suffer greatly. 

Griffin told Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles that he's not feeling it this year:

As of right now I don't plan on being in it, Griffin said Thursday night. Those dunk contests aren't my thing, I said that last year. There's a lot of guys that can put on a great show and do some good stuff.

Last year was hectic and it kind of made it unenjoyable, Griffin said. So this year, we'll see what will happen, but I will try to tone it down a bit and get a break instead of being so busy. 

It's understandable he wants to relax during the break weekend, but every NBA fan wants to see him throw it down. 

Last year he was incredible, and now fans won't get to see his amazing skills. Sure, there will be other talented athletes in the contest, but nobody else in the NBA is as exciting as Griffin is today.

What It Means 

Instead of having a spectacular Slam Dunk Contest, now it's unknown what the event will be like. Griffin sounds as if there is still a small chance he will do the event, which means there needs to be a movement (most likely on social media) to get him to change his mind. 

Griffin blew everyone away a year ago, even dunking over a car. Yes, it wasn't what some expected, but you go try dunking over a car and see how it ends for you. 

Ratings are likely to go down know too, unless of course, a man named LeBron James steps up and enters the event. 

Although, if that were to happen, there would certainly be a public outcry for Griffin to join in. Now that would be one heck of a dunk contest. 

In this shortened NBA season, the fans were definitely looking forward to an epic All-Star weekend. The Slam Dunk Contest is easily everyone's favorite event, but without the league's best dunker, it just won't be the same. 

Since the Clippers are a playoff-contending team with Chris Paul on the roster, I can see why Griffin wants a relaxing weekend. However, he's the best showman in the NBA, and he needs to step up and enter the Slam Dunk Contest for the fans. 

What Happens Next 

Hopefully the many fans of "Lob City" will step up and do their part to convince Griffin to change his mind. 

Then again, they might all be happy with DeAndre Jordan in the event. Griffin told ESPN that Jordan would be perfect for it. 

"He's got some stuff that people definitely want to see," Griffin said of Jordan.

The 6'11" center said he would love to participate in it, but only on one condition: "If I didn't have to go against Blake."

It appears as that might happen now, which is kind of sad. After his breathtaking dunks a year ago, fans wanted to see how Griffin was going to try and out-do himself. Perhaps he's just lacking in the creativity department. 

Jordan hasn't been contacted by the league yet, but with a recommendation from Griffin, it probably won't be too long. 

Here's to hoping some big-name star will fill in for Griffin to save the best part of All-Star weekend. 

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