Blake Griffin: NBA Made Me Use Kia Optima in 2011 Dunk Contest Over Convertible

Katie Richcreek@BookstoreKatieFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers dunks after jumping over a car during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at Staples Center on February 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges a
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There's a 1,000 percent chance that there's a 0 percent chance that Blake Griffin would have picked the Kia Optima as his car of choice in the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest.

The Los Angeles Clippers star had that decision made for him, according to what he said during a recent appearance on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.

"I wanted to jump over a convertible, but I wasn't allowed to," he said. "It had to be a Kia Optima."

Griffin's initial proposal was to jump over the whole car rather than just the hood of it, like he ended up doing with the Optima—which, of course, is the official vehicle of the NBA:

"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," he said. "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."

Griffin still won the contest, despite considering it a "lose-lose."

[YouTube, h/t the Score]

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