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Blake Griffin backs off from insisting he’ll never enter another slam dunk contest

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Less than a week ago, Blake Griffin told Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com that as far as he was concerned, his next appearance in another Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Weekend wasn’t ever going to happen.

“I wouldn’t say it was a mistake [in 2011] because it was a great experience, but it’s something I would never do again,” said Griffin about his fantastic dunking performance during the contest during the 2011 All-Star Weekend.

“For me, All-Star Weekend is about getting a chance to rest as much as anything. With the All-Star Game alone you still have obligations almost all day Friday and you have some kind of an event Friday night and Saturday’s practice and appearances. Saturday night for me now has become the time where I hang out with my family and hang out with my friends and take it easy.”

Griffin’s comments make the odds of him returning to the Slam Dunk Contest are about as likely as him ever driving a Kia, the car he dunked over to win the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest.

But heading into his fourth consecutive appearance in an NBA All-Star Game this Sunday in New Orleans, perhaps the magic and anticipation of being immersed in All-Star Weekend culture may be causing Griffin to soften his stance a bit.

“I haven’t retired officially. It isn’t something I’ll never, ever do again,” Griffin told Marc Kestecher, P.J. Carlesimo and Marc Stein in an interview that will air on ESPN Radio’s “Meet The All-Stars” on Saturday. “But for right now, I try to take my rest when I can. And this year I really wanted that Saturday night rest. So not this year.”

Quite the reversal. But a person is allowed to change their mind, right? And should Griffin elect to make a return — triumphant or not — to the Slam Dunk Contest, we all win. In case you hadn’t noticed, Blake Griffin? Yeah, he’s a pretty good slam-dunker of the basketball and stuff. Really, really good. I guess the fact that Blake Griffin goes all BOOMSHAKALAKA quite often is the central theme of the point I’m trying to get across here.

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