I think I may know the real reason why Blake Griffin won the 2011 NBA Dunk Contest and JaVale McGee didn't. Two words: product placement.â†µ
Griffin's winning attempt had him jumping over a car driven by Baron Davis. You might think that Griffin would choose a real elaborate car like a Porsche or a Cadillac or something. But no. He chose a Kia Optima. Why? Because the Kia Optima is apparently the official vehicle of the NBA.â†µ
I'm not saying that the dunk wasn't cool. It was. He jumped over the whole freakin' car.â†µ
All I'm saying is that its awfully convenient that Griffin would win the NBA Dunk Contest after utilizing a product that sponsors the NBA. We've got to believe that Kia wrote a check to somebody to make sure that Griffin used an Optima and not any other car, right? Who's to say that Kia didn't also write a check to make sure that Griffin would be declared the winner?â†µ
Let this be a lesson to you, McGee. Next time maybe you can dunk the ball while drinking a can of Sprite or something. Guaranteed winner!