Report: Man wants credit for idea behind Blake Griffin's car dunk
By Staff Reports
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
2/22/11 at 12:56 PM
Blake Griffin wowed fans in the NBA dunk contest Saturday night, but one man tells an entertainment website he wants credit for the idea behind Griffin's winning performance.
In the contest's finals, the Los Angeles Clippers rookie and former Oklahoma star soared over the front of a silver sportscar and dunked an alley-oop from teammate Baron Davis through the sunroof. Griffin, who is in Oklahoma City for tonight's game against the Thunder, won with a 68 percent approval from fans voting online and by text.
Michael Scrivner told TMZ.com he saw Griffin on ESPN looking for ideas. On Feb. 8, Scrivner sent Griffin a message using social networking site Twitter: "Seen you want dunk ideas on ESPN Park a car on the court Jump over the car while the driver throws you oop through the sunroof."
The website reports Scrivner was upset because he didn't get even a "shout out" from Griffin.
"If he already had the idea for the dunk, why go on SportsCenter asking for ideas?" Scrivner told TMZ. "It would be one thing if I had said to just dunk over a car, but the dunk was spot on everything I suggested.”
After Saturday's contest, Griffin talked about how the dunk came about.
"It was actually my idea to use the car," he said, according to NBA.com. "When they first came to me with the dunk contest idea, they said there were no rules. I was like, 'So I can jump over a car?' Kind of playing around.
"They were like, 'Yeah.' And I thought 'Oh, maybe I have to do it now.'"
Griffin and the Clippers play the Thunder at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox cable 27).
Blake Griffin dunks over a car as teammate Baron Davis looks on from inside the car during the NBA dunk contest Saturday. AP