• Feb 25, 2011
Blake Griffin posterizes the 2011 Kia Optima – Click above to watch video after the jump

The NBA All-Star Weekend has come and gone. As usual, the big story from basketball's all-star break comes from the dunk contest. Depending on who you talk to, it was either a showcase of creative new stuff or an overload of weak-sauce prop dunks. Regardless, Kia is surely thrilled with the attention it's own all-star Optima received. In fact, the automaker is so thrilled that footage of the dunk will be used in an upcoming commercial.

For those readers not following the NBA, Blake Griffin, LA Clipper and jumper extraordinaire, pulled a 2011 Kia Optima on to the court for his final dunk. Hiding in the cabin was Baron Davis, who provided an alley-oop pass through the open sunroof. Griffin lept over the hood, caught the ball and brought the already-standing crowd to a new level of excitement.

Upon intial viewing of the dunk, it seemed pretty amazing. However, upon subsequent review, we find the dunk to be fairly tame. We have a clip of the dunk for you to examine after the jump; sound off on its merits in the Comments.

[Sources: Kia, YouTube | Image: Noel Vasquez/Getty]


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NBA Rookie Sensation Blake Griffin Soars in New Commercial for 2011 Kia Optima

[25-Feb-2011] With a gospel choir singing at midcourt and more than 18,000 basketball fans on their feet at Staples Center, Blake Griffin won Saturday's 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk by doing something no other NBA player had done before: dunking over a car. As his teammate Baron Davis tossed an alley-oop pass through the sunroof of the all-new 2011 Kia Optima – the Official Vehicle of the NBA – Griffin flew over the six-foot wide hood of the midsize sedan for a powerful two-handed dunk to capture the Sprite Slam Dunk title. A record television audience watched Griffin's feat on TNT as 2011 NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm was the most watched in the event's 26 year history. Footage of the dunk quickly spread online and Kia Motors America (KMA) will salute the rookie NBA All-Star's accomplishment with a thirty-second television ad featuring Griffin soaring over the Optima.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Still not a bad looking car . I bet his mom or a relative is driving a new Kia as we speak, after that "DUNK" ??? Don't forget all singers before that dunk as well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The reason why Blake won is because with the exception of the B Davis off the side of the backboard dunk, he made all his attempts, first try and it was all unexpected.

      He destroyed the contest because everyone else took multiple attempts to do their dunks and they were, for the most part, all weak on the intensity.

      They need an attempt format.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Blaze's KIA dunk was a joke given Blaze's athleticism and jumping ability. The pageantry surrounding the dunk is why Blaze won. Ibaka taking off from well behind the free throw line, something Jordan and Dr. J did not do, was scored way too low. McGee dunking three basketballs was easily the best dunk of the night in my opinion.

      Blaze was already determined by the NBA to be the winner of the dunk contest before it even started.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree. I thought Ibaka's dunk was crazy... but voted too low because of his height.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry, I mean Blake, not Blaze.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If he had jumped over the middle section, I would be ranting about the dunk... otherwise it was a good-looking dunk over the low part of the car. In the dunk contest, you should win with something better..

      However, had Griffin nailed his first attempt at that two-handed 360 windmill? holy.f. That would have been amazing.

      Yes, I have dunked a basketball before... no, I cannot do it anymore because I am out of shape. Still, you don't need to be an NBA player to comment on the quality of a team... so why should it be required that you have to dunk a basketball to comment on the quality of a dunk?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed. If Blake would have jumped over the middle section, then it would have been something spectacular but he didn't. His raw athleticism took a back seat to the pageantry and this stunt.

        Most people when you question something a human being did that they can not do, have trouble doing, or have first hand experience doing, they will immediately ask the person questioning the physical display to do it themselves. It's like second nature to us.

        My argument and may go off track but it is related: Some of the people on the streets playing pick up games, or in their back yard, who are not in the NBA because their parents couldn't afford any opportunity to do so, probably can display this raw talent, probably better talent. So when I watch the Olympics and an athlete is wins a medal, I always say, that person is not the best swimmer/runner/gymnast/skier in the world, he/she is just the best of those that participated in the Olympics.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The pass should've been thrown away from the rim/straight-up. Too much help, Baron - Blake's capable of better. Also, some of his misses were more impressive than his makes, imo. The first attempts at the two-handed 360 and off-the-side-of-the-backboard 360 were mind-shattering.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Try jumping over the hood of a car before calling that weak. Although I liked Mcgee's 2 hoop and 3 balls dunks more, and Derozan's showstopper was awesome as well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not only was the dunk weak, but they ruined the integrity of the dunk contest when they basically made it a KIA ad.

      They had to rig it for Griffin to be in the finals or else they would lose that KIA ad money.
      JaVale McGee was clearly the winner of the night and Ibaka was even better than Griffin also.

      I used to like Blake Griffin, but I don't know anymore. After he took credit for that dunk idea and would not give the guy that gave him the idea on Twitter the idea, credit, I am beginning to think he is just an arrogant, spoiled jerk. The best part was that after he claimed he had the idea for years and dreamt it up, they intervied Kenny Smith afterwards and he claimed that the idea for the dunk was 60% his. So both he and Blake are liars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That would have been hilarious if he fell back on the car. Oh well, 'twas a weak sauce dunk indeed.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think it would have been better if the car was in motion. Kia playing a defense and Blake trying to go over it.

        Kia 1, Blake 0
      • 3 Years Ago
      not great.. but definitely not weaksauce...

      if it were a 1 foot jump.. then weak.. but a 2 foot jump at that distance and height is pretty cool. not worth of the attention in purist dunk circles.. but still impressive..

      now if kicked baron's lazy ass in the head while doin' it.. priceless.
      • 3 Years Ago
      and so was Ibaka's free throw liner
      • 3 Years Ago
      It was weak for sure. Taking off at the dotted line jumped over the hood of some budget Kia. He shoulda jumped over the cabin not the hood.
      • 3 Years Ago
      MJ would've done it from the freethrow line.

      That was weak. Jumped over the lowest part of the car, the hood. Try the trunk buddy.
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