Blake Griffin is without question the most hyped Slam Dunk Contest participant in years. Only Griffin could get NBA fans, nearly unanimously opposed to the contest's recent turn toward the use of props, excited for another prop dunk. Well, Griffin and a car. The New York Times' Jonathan Abrams tweeted Saturday that Griffin may be jumping over a car during the dunk contest. SBNation.com's own Rohan Cruyff (@atthehive) snapped a photo of the victim auto.
Good news: that is indeed a car! Bad news: instead of Kobe Bryant's Aston Martin, it's a KIA. KIA happens to be the title sponsor of Sunday's NBA All-Star Game. And thus, the awestriking idea of Blake Griffin dunking over a car becomes Blake Griffin dunking over product placement.
The 2011 Slam Dunk Contest should begin around 10:30 PM Eastern on TNT. The network's All-Star Saturday coverage kicks off at 8:30 PM Eastern. Griffin will compete against JaVale McGee, Serge Ibaka and DeMar DeRozan.