Thursday, February 24, 2011

Shawn Kemp rips Blake Griffin's dunk

Shawn Kemp of the Orlando Magic looks to pass the ball during the game against the   Washington Wizards at TD Waterhouse Centre on December 30, 2002 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty Images)

Shawn Kemp, out of nowhere, has come out of the woodwork to criticize the final dunk of Blake Griffin's(notes) Dunk Contest-winning repertoire. The 41-year-old former SuperSonics, Cavaliers, Trail Blazers and Magic forward apparently didn't like the final-round dunk that saw Blake jump over a Kia Optima, and before you make up your mind about Kemp, listen to what he has to say.
As explained to KJR radio in Seattle, and lovingly transcribed by Sports Radio Interviews:

"I'm a big Blake Griffin fan, but that dunk at the contest might've been the weakest dunk in the dunk contest that I've seen in a long time. I love the choir and all that stuff was great, but you at least gotta jump over the car though right? He swung over the car and landed on the hood of the car. I think he should at least be able to jump over the front of the car."
You have to admit, Shawn isn't wrong here.
Sure, Kemp betrayed his talent and ate his way out of the NBA. And sure, petulant behavior of his possibly cost both the SuperSonics and Trail Blazers championship-level contenders back in his time with the team. But Blake's final dunk? It was a pretty big "meh," despite the spectacle of Griffin wheeling the car out.

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