Blake Griffin just made #1 on the SportsCenter rankings tonight, achieving a feat I have never personally seen in a couple of generations of watching NBA and NCAA games.
And unfortunately it had nothing to do with a dunk…
Yes, this is the Not Top Ten number one for the night, week, month, and possibly year. Blake Griffin airballed two free throws in one trip tonight. Here is the video evidence:
Timothy Mozgov and Kendrick Perkins have to live with the stigma of being posterized by Blake. At least they should get plenty of company by the time Griffin is done in the game. They just had the misfortune of happening to be in the way, not necessarily that embarrassing.
But there’s that other side of Blake’s game, from the charity stripe, 15 feet away. Griffin has hit air from there a few times, a collection you can see here.
But doing it twice on one trip?? That’s history folks, which is what Griffin did tonight.
Shaq ranks as one the ugliest free throw shooters ever. One scribe once said he released the ball like a wounded eagle, but he never air-balled twice in one trip, nor did other big men like Wilt Chamberlain and Dwight Howard who also had or still have infamous struggles from the stripe.
But even Chris Dudley never aired it twice in a row.
Obviously, we see free throws air-balled from time to time. It’s an occurrence. And it’s usually a one-time deal – because if it’s the first free throw falls short – that player always adjusts and bricks the second throw back iron so he can not be THAT GUY.
And the only ones that seemed to ignore the significance of the historic moment were Clippers TV voices Ralph Lawler and Mike Smith, although Lawler did end up saying that he had seen twin air-balls on one previous occasion. But Ralph’s called a lot of basketball, and in the Clippers case bad basketball.
I cannot wait for the five minute Sports Science segment on the degree of angle Blake’s arm had to be at to achieve that!!!