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Blake Griffin Open to Participating in Slam Dunk Contest

Though he has the misfortune of playing for the pathetic Clippers who have the worst record in the NBA at 4-17, rookie Blake Griffin is one of the most exciting players in the league. He can rebound, post up, bang inside, and he’s one heck of a dunker. He’s tea bagged fools he gets so high in the air, and he has to be considered one of the best, if not the best, dunker in the league. Whether all his power comes from the shake weight we don’t know, but we do know that the All-Star Game will be a heck of a lot more excited with him participating in it.

The good news is that unlike many other stars, Griffin says he’s willing to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest if he’s invited (duh! of course he will be). He told FanHouse via Slam Online “If they ask me to do it, I’ll do it,” Griffin said. It’s about time we’ve heard a star who is willing to participate in a fan-friendly event and absolutely stun us all. We’re still waiting on LeBron to take his shot (which probably won’t ever happen now), because there are far too many no-name guys who take part.

Griffin may be on a crap team but he’s an exciting player, and he’ll only further solidify his status as a fan’s player if he participates. If Dwight Howard also is in, this will be one for the ages.

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Blake Griffin Dunks on Knicks Russian Timofey Mozgov (Video) – Teabags Him!

Knicks center Timofey Mozgov is a 24-year-old rookie center from Russia. He’s only played 14 games and 168 minutes in his young NBA career, but he officially was baptized on Saturday night. Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin went for 44 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists against the Knicks and had several monster slams. His dunk over the 7’1″ 250lb center is a must-see video if there ever was one. Check out the video of Blake Griffin dunking over Knicks center Timofey Mozgov:

That was straight up nuts to the face action. Griffin got up so high he had to throw the ball down through the cylinder from a few feet away. I don’t think I’ve seen a sicker dunk since Vince Carter jumped over the dude in the Olympics. Yeah, the Clippers may have lost that game and are now 1-11, but they won the street cred battle with that dunk. I guess that’s what they call a Russian teabag party?

Devin Harris Ejected for Tackling Blake Griffin, Clippers Still Lose

Just how bad are the Clippers? They’re so bad an opposing team can lose its best player early in the game and still beat them on the road. Yup, the Clippers dropped to 1-10 and lost their sixth straight game falling at home to the Nets 110-96. New Jersey got the win despite point guard Devin Harris getting ejected in the second quarter for tackling forward Blake Griffin.

Griffin broken free in the open court following a turnover and had an easy dunk in front of him. Harris came from behind to deny the easy deuce but wound up being assessed a flagrant 2 foul and getting ejected.

Nets talking puppet head coach Avery Johnson said Devin Harris wasn’t looking to hurt Griffin but he just didn’t want to give up the easy layup. I would agree with that assessment. So did Griffin, who said after the game he could tell there was no malicious intent behind the move.

The Nets didn’t need Harris because Jordan Farmar came on and dished out 12 assists while the team shot 60% from the field. The Clippers hovered slightly below 40% with Eric Bledsoe and Eric Gordon combining to shoot just 33%. They may challenge the Timberwolves for the dubious distinction of worst team in the league.

Blake Griffin Caught Pregame Using a Shake Weight (Video)

A little rookie hazing? Had to have been. How else can you explain Clippers second-year man Blake Griffin (technically a rookie) getting caught using a shake weight before LA’s game in San Antonio? There is no other possible explanation. Here’s the video of Blake Griffin shaking it up with the shake weight:

Jalen Rose had the priceless line “Some things are better done behind closed doors.” He’s certainly right; using a shake weight in public has to violate every single man law out there, and it’s a reason why Cato June says Griffin was busted by the pause police. As for the game, the Clippers dropped their 18th straight game to the Spurs. Some things never change.

Blake Griffin Posterizes D.J. Mbenga with Monster Dunk

We already knew that Blake Griffin was a monster dunker from his college days at Oklahoma and we figured it would carry over nicely into the pros. It might only be the preseason but it sure looks like Blake’s beast-status is in full effect with the Clippers. Check out his posterization of D.J. Mbenga during the preseason:

Gotta thank LBS contributor Alan for that video. Mr. Hull’s becoming a big Clippers fan this year now that he works for them. Give him a break — he doesn’t know about all the heartbreak he’s in for yet. Who knows? Clips look like a borderline playoff team this year.

Collegiate Athletes Shouldn’t Have to Face Media After Season-Ending Losses

I’ve thought this many times before, exactly at the same moments I described in the headline, but never wrote about it until now. Seeing Taylor Griffin and Blake Griffin mope and weep in the press conference following their loss to North Carolina Sunday really broke me down. What’s to gain by having them come face and speak to the media? In Taylor’s case, his season and career just came to an end, and in all likelihood, that was the last non-pickup game he’ll ever play. For Blake, that was probably the last college game he’ll ever play. Both were clearly devastated, red-faced, and hardly able to say anything of meaning to the media. After seeing that, it just made me wonder why these young, college athletes are forced to meet the media after season-ending losses.

As I discussed when I criticized the writer for questioning Ty Lawson’s guts, amateur, college athletes should be treated differently from the pros. Professional athletes make money because of the fans and the popularity gained by the media — writers and reporters have jobs to do and they need the players’ cooperation to do so. When it comes to collegiate athletes, a little heart and compassion would go a long way. If they need a quote for their stories, let them get it from the coaches that get paid millions to deal with the media. Don’t force the players to meet the media at a time like that. And just so we’re clear, I’m only talking about situations where the team’s season has just come to an end. If players want to speak with the media, it should be optional, not mandatory. Otherwise I can’t figure out why else the Griffin bros had to face the firing squad following the loss. I thought the same exact thing after the BCS championship game. The people organizing the events need to be more considerate and sensitive to the feelings of these young athletes.

Apparently Blake Griffin Doesn’t Care About His Concussion

The Oklahoma sophomore missed Monday’s game against Kansas because of a concussion sustained against Texas last weekend. The team lost both of those games. After a week off, Blake Griffin was finally cleared to play against Texas Tech and didn’t hold back one bit. In fact, the dude channeled his inner Shaq at one point in the second half.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, he also had an episode where he got clawed in the face under the basket trying to grab a rebound and wound up bleeding. Griffin had 20 points and 19 rebounds in his first game back — an easy win for Oklahoma. Now that he’s back and healthy, you have to put Oklahoma up there as a serious contender for the Final Four and possibly the title. Curiously enough, the injury also helps cement Griffin’s status as the likely player of the year; with the team struggling while he was out, it further proves his immense value to the team’s success.