Blake Griffin admits he was made to jump over a Kia in 2011 Slam Dunk Contest

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Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon put on one of the best NBA Slam Dunk Contests of all-time at this year's All-Star weekend and brought the popular event back to life.

There have been many memorable moments in the event's history from Michael Jordan's "Air Jordan" dunk, Dwight Howard's best impersonation of Superman to Vince Carter's outrageous throwdowns - it would not do him justice to narrow it down to one.

Another player who took centre stage with one of the best and most unique dunks ever seen is L.A. Clippers power forward Blake Griffin.

In front of his home fans in the City of Angels, Griffin famously jumped over the hood of a Kia while then-teammate Baron Davis threw him an alley-oop pass through the sunroof of the vehicle. The dunk unsurprisingly won him the 2011 trophy.

However, the five-time All-Star has now revealed that the moment didn't go down as he'd envisaged. In an interview with the "Pardon My Take" podcast, Blake said he wanted to jump over a different car instead, but was told to use a specific one.

"I wanted to jump over a convertible, but I wasn't allowed to. It had to be a Kia Optima," Griffin said. "I wanted to have Baron Davis and some of my teammates roll out in a convertible, and then just toss it straight up and jump over the whole thing, instead of just the hood."

It shouldn't come as a surprise as the Kia Optima is the official vehicle of the NBA. Since the famous dunk, the 27-year-old signed a sponsorship deal with Kia and has appeared in multiple Kia commercials, so it worked in his favour too.

The impressive flush over the car will go down as a classic, but Griffin says not everybody was impressed with it as he "only" went over the hood and not the entire car.

"I don't know if you guys have stood next to a Kia Optima, but it's a pretty tall vehicle, and there's no way I was going to make it over the entire thing, over Baron Davis in the sunroof," Griffin said. "So I opted for the hood, and then everyone was pissed that I jumped over the hood, like, 'that was super easy,' so it was just a lose-lose situation for me."

In another interesting story revealed by the 2011 Rookie of the Year, he claimed he received an email asking him to explain his decision to name his son Ford.

"You know what's crazy I actually got an email asking about that, asking why I named my kid Ford," Griffin said. "It seems like a pretty common American name. It's not like I named him Hyundai or Toyota."

Griffin's season was marred by health problems and despite returning at the end of the campaign, he was less than 100 percent and aggravated his quad injury in the playoffs, which subsequently saw the Clippers eliminated in the first round.

The big man will head into the summer with slight uncertainty as rumours continue to circulate about his future in L.A. and whether the franchise will look to trade him.

For now, though, his only focus will be to return to full fitness next year and get back to his best as many continue to question if he can make that next step in his career.

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