Let me just say that Blake Griffin is good at dunking. However, I must say that this new trend of "dunking" by throwing the ball in the basket from close range is weak sauce. I mean, sure it's impressive that you can jump that high and all of that athletic stuff. All of this nonsense started with Dwight Howard in the Slam Dunk Competition during all-star weekend a few years ago:
Now really? He gets a 10 for that "dunk"? He just jumped and caught the ball and threw it in. Just because he was wearing a cape he gets a 10? Stupid. However, as bad as that was, at least it wasn't in a game. No, Blake Griffin has taken the Phantom Dunk to a hole new level
So last season there was this from Griffin:
Alright. Impressive. You forearm shiver some guy while flying thru the air and throw the ball in. Still NOT A REAL DUNK! If you aren't even close to grabbing the rim it's just a shot.
So last night Griffin did a little bit better:
He appeared to at least graze the rim on this "dunk". Listen this Phantom Dunking isn't really Griffin fault. It's the media, most ESPN, that bares the blame. They're playing this thing like it's the greatest play of all time. Also, I'll be the first to admit that I can't do any of these things and I am impressed with the ability. That said, let's take a look at some real dunks from yesteryear:
Now those are some REAL dunks.