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Old 03-01-2011, 01:32 PM   #1 (permalink)

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Default Blake Griffin couldn't afford to lose the dunk contest

Yeah, I know we've talked about this, but another interesting article.

n this official media advisory it listed the “KROQ BLAKE GRIFFIN SHOWCASE” from 1:20 pm to 2:00 pm with the following description: “Five middle school students will showcase their dunking talents in front of 2011 NBA Sprite Slam Dunk Contest winner Blake Griffin.”

Nothing wrong with this right? Except for the fact that the release was sent via email at 5:28 pm PST on Saturday Feb. 19, over an hour before the Slam Dunk contest’s scheduled 6:30 pm PST start.

Check out the official NBA release. CLICK HERE

This nugget of information is sure to lead some NBA observers to wonder if Vince McMahon has been hired as David Stern’s adviser on All-Star Weekend.

Surprisingly nobody in the pro basketball media seemed to notice, or they didn’t really care enough to write about it. I believe 99% of media types never even open the messages sent by the league. Most go right to the spam folder.

The NBA did send out a corrected version of the release later Saturday night, but that’s not enough for those people who believe that the first version proves the event was fixed.

According to a mole who works for a popular basketball website, Griffin WAS asked about this official release being sent out claiming he’d won before the contest had even started. He wasn’t happy.
Facts about Blake Griffin on All-Star Weekend

- Subway spent a reported $3 million in a Blake Griffin media campaign All-Star weekend. ZERO was obviously spent on JaVale McGee of the Wizards.

- NBA officials forced Blake Griffin to use a Kia, the official car sponsor of the league, rather than a higher end car he wanted to use for his final dunk. This product placement paid off in a commercial and possible endorsement deal for Griffin.

- Blake Griffin is the most searched athlete in the world on YouTube. It would have been bad for the NBA’s business if he had lost the dunk contest to a scrub from the Wzards.

- Nike had an entire marketing campaign planned around Blake Griffin winning the dunk contest. They began to reveal the plan this week for the Nike Hyperdunk 2011 10.0 for Blake Griffin.
Blake Griffin COULDN’T lose Slam Dunk contest? | Ben Maller
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