Coolest. Dunk. Ever.
Well, at least we think so. Clippers’ rookie Blake Griffin won the 2011 slam dunk contest thanks to a pretty neat trick: He soared over a car and threw down a two-handed dunk. Seriously.
Griffin cleared the hood of a 2011 Kia Optima and accepted a pass from his teammate Baron Davis out of the sunroof before dunking it. If that wasn’t cool enough, a gospel choir was singing “I Believe I Can Fly” at mid-court. Talk about an iconic dunk. To make the victory even sweeter, Griffin won the title in front of his hometown fans.
How did Griffin come up with the idea to leap over a car? “When they first came to me they said there were not rules,” he says. “I was like, ‘So I can jump over a car? Yeah? Oh, maybe I have to do it now.’ I figured I could probably clear it, and Baron came up with the choir.”