If you've ever read my LWJ.co profile, you would notice that I did say that I would occasionally provide an opinion on what's going on in the Sporting World.
With that said, I'd like to take a look at Blake Griffin's dunk last night over Kendrick Perkins http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w_Vy0lDk_A&feature=related and compare it to Kevin Johnson's 1994 dunk over Hakeem Olajuwon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifx_gRF-ouU
First of all, Griffin's wasn't really a dunk. It was a throw down. He couldn't get to the rim because the defender wouldn't let him. In addition, he took off from outside of the key (painted area), giving him plenty of airtime to get to the rim. Granted, he didn't have a 23'9" running start like KJ did, but Griffin isn't 6'1" like KJ is and Perkins stands 2 inches shorter than Olajuwon. For KJ's dunk, and it was a dunk, he jumped from inside the key, making it almost entirely a vertical jump over the man they called The Dream.
I'm sure you already know which way I'm leaning on this one, but let me throw a couple of more things out there. Griffin's throwdown took place during the regular season of a season that shouldn't have been played in the first place. KJ's dunk took place during the 1994 playoffs (the Suns would lose the series to the Rockets, who would eventually go on to defeat the NY Knicks in the Finals--the same Finals that the OJ car chase interrupted Game 5).
Finally, let me add this to my opinion. A lot of times we remember where we were when certain sporting events take place. I remember the day Dale Earnhardt died at Daytona, the day Magic Johnson announced he had contracted HIV, and the day Tim Salmon hit his 299th (and final) home run. I also remember the day KJ dunked over The Dream. I was 15 and on a lunch break during my Driver's Ed class. It was a Saturday and I was sitting in a pizza restaurant watching the game. I doubt in 18 years if I will remember that I was almost asleep when I read on Twitter that Griffin had dunked on Perkins.
And if none of this convinces you that KJ's dunk was more impressive, let me submit this beauty, a dunk over 7'4" Mark Eaton. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAEoMsHHfa4&feature=related