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SBD/February 21, 2011/Events and Attractions
Clippers F Blake Griffin Highlights NBA All-Star Weekend Festivities With Slam Dunk Win
Published February 21, 2011
RISKY BUSINESS: The AP’s Greg Beacham wrote Griffin’s “inventive dunk demonstrated why many in the NBA believe the 21-year-old has the raw athleticism and entertaining flair to be the league's next big star.” But the move “could have petrified the Clippers since Griffin -- the top pick in the 2009 NBA draft -- broke his kneecap in a preseason game in 2009 and missed all of last season.” Griffin: "I could have clipped my foot, I guess. That's what I was afraid of -- just clip my foot on the side and smash my face into the car. Fortunately, it worked out" (AP, 2/20). The L.A. TIMES’ Plaschke wrote, “How on the earth did the Clippers allow this?” Griffin said, "I noticed when I went in for my rehearsal Thursday night, everybody from the Clippers was there … and then I realized, everybody is kind of nervous about this. So I jumped over it and I kind of looked at them and they are like, all right, you can do it" (L.A. TIMES, 2/20). In L.A., Phil Collin wrote you “didn’t have to be owner Donald Sterling to know this could be another cursed moment in Clipperland” (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 2/20).
PUTTING ON A SHOW: YAHOO SPORTS’ Kelly Dwyer wrote this year’s dunk contest “wasn't exactly a return to form -- the 1988 and 2000 competitions won't be shaking in their respective slammin' boots after watching tape from Saturday night's affair -- but the Blake Griffin-led show was a fun time out” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/20). In