NBA Dunk Contest: Baron Davis reaction; Blake Griffin giving trophy to Holloway's family
To say the Clippers were nervous when Blake Griffin rolled out his idea about dunking over a car ... talk about a major understatement.
They were nervously watching when Griffin and Baron Davis showed the dunks Thursday to get approval from the NBA, something done by all the entrants.
"Oh, they were sitting on their hands," Davis said, laughing.
That apparently eased their concerns about The Franchise potentially doing some physical damage to himself.
Davis spoke about the concept behind the winning dunk, which featured a choir singing "I Believe I Can Fly" as Griffin leaped over a car parked in front of the hoop and threw down a dunk off an alley-oop feed from Davis through the sunroof.
"It wasn’t my idea. The choir and the car were two separate things," he said. "We talked about it, so we just put them both together. To make it even more Hollywood flavor, more drama.
"I can’t take credit. I was just a part. Being a producer sometimes, you just have to make sure it gets done."
"I don’t really have words. I just have reactions. That’s what it looked like," said Davis, leaning his head back. "It was wild. It was amazing. And the funny thing is that we didn’t practice any of the dunks that we were going to do.
"Once we went over there for the practice, we were just over there trying stuff and trying to figure it out. So when we got here it was something totally different."
Added Davis about Griffin: "He has grace, he has power, finesse, all that. And he has the charisma to pull it off and the imagination to pull it off."
Griffin said the dunk contest was dedicated to his late friend Wilson Holloway, who died on Wednesday,
"It’s definitely for him ... and I’m actually going to give that trophy to his family," Griffin said. "That’s why I really wanted to win. Fortunately, I kind of made up some stuff up on the move and came up with something."
Photo: Blake Griffin hangs on the rim after dunking over a car off an alley-oop feed from Baron Davis in the NBA Dunk Contest on Saturday night at Staples Center. Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images