It takes a great deal of hard work and practice — not to mention a buttload of god-given talent — to be able to throw down dunks like Blake Griffin does on a daily basis. It takes roughly as much of the same elements to gracefully drop finger rolls in the hoop.
But to switch from one to the other while flying through the air, seemingly on a whim? It’s probably safe to say very few people on the planet have — or will ever have — that ability. And even fewer would attempt it, due to the potential for failure and embarrassment.
Blake Griffin is one of those can-do people, though.
In last night’s Lakers-Clippers game, Griffin took the ball to the net late in the game to jam home two points in what ended up being a 109-95 Clippers victory. On live television, the play looked like so many other Griffin dunks.
The slow-motion replay told a different story.
As Griffin took to the air to drop in a finger roll, something clicked in his brain. “Wait a minute,” you can hear him thinking. “I’m Blake Griffin. I don’t do lay-ups.”
With the flick of his wrist, he converted the finger roll to a dunk.
Just another day at the office.