When Los Angeles Clippers forward, Blake Griffin dunked over Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins Monday night, Perkins’ name became trending on twitter and the rest of the worldwide web…except for all of the wrong things.
David Lee of the Golden State Warriors tweeted, “I never tweet about opponents highlight plays but that Blake Griffin dunk was crazy, definitely worth mentioning…”
Demar Derozan of the Toronto Raptors and one of the members of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest last year tweeted, “OMG @blakegriffin!!!!!”
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors tweeted, “……………….REWIND……………….”
Then tweets came out against the Oklahoma City Thunder as well as Perkins alone saying…“@blakegriffin I hope you told Kendrick Perkins to shut up about the mantra!!!” Love was referring to an event at the “Mantra” which is a club in Boston that hosted an event involving Perkins as well as Boston Celtics guard, Rajon Rondo, Memphis Grizzlies forward, Rudy Gay, and Atlanta Hawks forward, Josh Smith.
Though that wasn’t it as Sacramento Kings forward, Chuck Hayes tweeted, “Ok so I just saw the Blake Griffin dunk again, and I’m more impressed that the thunder bench didn’t have a reaction, not one player moved, #teamwork.”
However Superstar and teammate, Kevin Durant would respond to the dunk by saying, “I have no appreciation for it at all,” said Durant “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.”
Durant would continue saying, “I wasn’t surprised [That the dunk gained so much attention] because Blake is a poster child,” Durant said. “He dunks the ball a lot and makes spectacular plays. If it wasn’t against us, maybe I’d say it was a good play, but it was against us, so it was a bad play. I have nothing against Blake, don’t get me wrong. But it was against us, so I’ve got to stick up for my teammate.”
Though that wasn’t all as Durant would continue saying, “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.”
Now I have to agree with Durant on this as looking over Griffin’s dunk it honestly wasn’t all that great as it really does look like a layup. However at fast speed it looked like a dunk, but watching it over again, you can tell that it’s just a layup. As for Durant’s comments about them not being noticed as much as other teams, he’s right…but it’s not because they’re bad or that they don’t have as well known players but it’s just the city that they’re located in.
According to the top tens, the top ten most popular states in the United States are, California, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Washington, Colorado, and lastly Indiana. As for Oklahoma, they’re not even listed as one of the contenders.
So the point I’m getting at is, yes, Durant you are right, Griffin’s “dunk” was a layup and you guys don’t get as much attention as you guys should deserve but it’s not really anyone’s fault who wants to talk or go to Oklahoma? According to about.com the number one attraction in Oklahoma is the OKC National Memorial. Come on Durant let’s be honest you know that Oklahoma isn’t the best place in the world either, coming from the guy who traveled around looking for various recreational sport events.