While not on the level of the Kobes, LeBrons, and Wades just yet, Blake Griffin is without a doubt the hottest topic in the NBA right now. The guy’s been dunking over anything with a pulse and doing so with an unsettling ease that leaves you wondering if he’s got what it takes to take over the NBA a few years down the line. He’s not only playing with style, but also with purpose; the Clippers, while still a sub-.500 team, have us paying attention about the other Los Angeles team for the first time in a long while, and with a young and talented roster in a suddenly thinning Western Conference list of superstars, it’s Blake Griffin’s NBA to lose.
Over the All-Star Weekend, Blake Griffin visited the Nike Vault in the Staples Center to talk with fans about his latest achievement, which was winning the 2011 NBA Dunk Contest while jumping over a Kia Optima, catching an off-the-backboard pass from Baron Davis who peered his head out of the sunroof like a groundhog. During the visit, Blake brought his Dunk Contest kicks – the Nike Air Max Fly By in an earth-shattering red and black colorway with a translucent outsole and a seismic graphic on the heel. These are similar to the Nike Hyperdunk 2011 that Blake debuted in the All-Star Game as well. Continue reading for a nice recap of Blake’s visit to Nike Vault and let us know, do you think Blake deserves a signature shoe, or is Nike B-Ball a bit crowded with Kobe, LeBron, and KD? via hoopchina.