Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Friday, February 3, 2012

I think that "dunk de la mort" of Vince Carter is way better than the Blake Griffin slam on Kendrick Perkins

I think that the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin is a fantastic player and an even more spectacular dunker. I thought his slam on Oklahoma’s Kendrick Perkins was similar to what he did to the New York Knicks’ Timofey Mozgov – except his hands barely touched the rim! In contrast, Vinsanity’s dunk of death on French center Frederick Weiss in the Olympics was a death-defying rim rattler in every sense of the word. Ironically, Weiss was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1999 (the same year VC entered) but he never played in America.


And here are some parallelisms between Vince Carter and Blake Griffin.

Vince Carter
Entered the NBA in 1999
1999 NBA Rookie of the Year
2000 NBA Slam Dunk Champion (he won it in his sophomore year as there was no All-Star Game in his first year that was shortened by the strike)
18.3 ppg in rookie season
2005-06 led the New Jersey Nets to the Atlantic Division title with Jason Kidd as point guard. They lost in the Eastern semis to eventual NBA champion Miami.

Blake Griffin
Entered the NBA in 2009
2011 NBA Rookie of the Year
2011 NBA Slam Dunk Champion
22.5 ppg in rookie season
This 2011-12 season will Blake Griffin and Chris Paul lead the Los Angeles Clippers to the Pacific Division and beyond? You think the NBA title will go through Miami this year?


  1. Dr.J on a fastbreak, cradled the ball to serve a facial on Michael Cooper is 1 of the all time great dunks too

  2. In modern day basketball, that dunk by Vince Carter would've been called an as offensive foul... Refs these days...