“As of right now I don’t plan on being in it,” Griffin said Thursday. “Those dunk contests aren’t my thing, I said that last year. There’s a lot of guys that can put on a great show and do some good stuff.”
Well, there’s certainly something to be said for going out on top.
Perhaps Griffin — who competed in both the Rookie Challenge and All-Star game in addition to the dunk contest last year — just wants to enjoy the weekend with the rest of the L.A. cohort that will be in Orlando on Feb. 26.
Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum of the Lakers were also voted in as starters along with Clippers point guard Chris Paul. The lone non-L.A. representative in the West’s starting lineup will be Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.
The East team features Miami Heat duo LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, reigning MVP Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, who was the leading vote-getter with 1.6 million.
If those lineups look familiar, they are. The only change in the East’s starting lineup is Anthony — who started for the West last season — taking the place of teammates Amar’e Stoudemire. In the West, Griffin takes over the void left by Anthony’s conference switch and Bynum replaces retired eight-time All-Star Yao Ming.
Who should fill out the benches for these two squads? Or, perhaps more importantly, who do you want to see competing in the slam dunk contest this year?
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