DALLAS -- A day and a half later, a lot of folks are still buzzing about Blake Griffin’s ridiculous dunk over Oklahoma City big man Kendrick Perkins.
Mavs swingman Vince Carter, who is still capable of putting a big man on a poster at the ripe old age of 35, called Griffin’s dunk “amazing.”
“That just shows the true athlete that he is,” Carter said. “I look at and analyze things different. You got to think about the body control and what it takes to really, not only to just do that, but the impact you take from Kendrick Perkins, first of all, is a lot. For you to still have the body control to finish is second to none, because there’s not a lot of people that can really do that.”
Carter put Thunder star Kevin Durant on the short list of guys in the league right now with that type of body control. Mavs big man Brendan Haywood, the victim of a vicious Durant and-1 dunk during the West finals last season, can testify to that.
But Durant seems to feel that dunk doesn’t get its due.
“I knew that wasn’t going to get attention because we never get attention like that,” Durant said. “We’re not an L.A. team or a Chicago team or a Miami team. All our plays get thrown under the radar.”
Durant, by the way, had no interest in discussing Griffin's aerial acrobatics that came at Perkins' expense.
“I have no appreciation for it at all,” said Durant, who admitted bias because he’ll always have his teammate’s back. “It was a layup, I think. He threw the ball in and got fouled and made his free throw, so it was three points at the end of the day, no matter how it happened, how it went in the basket. I really wasn’t impressed. He finished it. So what? We’ve moved on.”
Well, fine. But one of the best dunkers in NBA history was awfully impressed.