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The Fix that was the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest

Posted on February 28, 2011 at 8:20 PM

The 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest was spectacular, from DeMar DeRozan’s “Show Stopper,” to Blake Griffin’s elbow-in-the-rim jam. However, it is hard for me to believe that there wasn’t a fix involved to get Blake Griffin the win.

 

First, DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors and Serge Ibaka of the Thunder were robbed of good scores that they deserved, but didn’t get. DeRozan’s first dunk was an off-the-side-of-the-backboard between-the-legs, which had never even been attempted in a dunk contest prior to this year, but received a measly score of 44. The other impressive dunk that was overlooked was Ibaka’s free-throw line dunk, in which he took off from behind the free-throw line and soared through the air for the slam, whereas legends in the past have jumped from slightly inside the line to dunk it.

 

Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers was the clear favorite to win the event this year, but he needed just a little help from the judges to accomplish his goal. As opposed to Derozan’s and Ibaka’s unprecedented feats in the first round, for his first dunk, Blake completed a routine 360 dunk that got a 49! Furthermore, for his final dunk of the first round, Griffin needed a 46 to advance, did an off the side-of-the-backboard windmill (clearly a “9”), but one of the judges gave him a perfect “10” to boost him into the finals. Can someone please explain to me how an off-the-side-of-the-backboard windmill is better than an off-the-side-of-the-backboard between-the-legs because I am stumped?

 

Why would the NBA want to make sure Blake Griffin won the contest? First, he is the fan favorite and was dunking in his hometown that night. Secondly, in the finals, Blake jumped over the hood of a KIA car, and KIA is a sponsor of the NBA, so the league would naturally want to ensure that their sponsor is represented by putting Griffin in the finals. Thirdly, they simply wanted everyone to see what the kid was going to pull out of his bag of tricks.

 

 

One last thought on the contest:

 

By the way, Griffin’s car dunk was quite lame because he brought out Baron Davis, Kenny Smith, and a choir, and all he did was jump over the hood of the car and not the middle. Javale Mcgee deserved to win due to his double-backboard dunk which ranks among my top 10 dunks ever.

 

 

Comment below and tell me what you think.

 

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