Here’s a video of Blake Griffin, the NBA dunk machine, turned into Blake Griffin, NBA Jam’s best player. The fun part of this video is the classic NBA Jam sound-effects: the announcer’s voice, the player noises, the obnoxious digital squeaking of shoes on the floor… all that stuff is great. I wish they would have done more with the dunks (last one aside) to make them look more NBA Jam-like, but the video is fun and I’m glad for the attempt.
Here’s something staggering, though. Blake Griffin was born in 1989. NBA Jam debuted in 1993. Anthony Davis, the star Kentucky player who swept the National Player of the Year awards, won the national championship for John Calipari, and who will be the top pick in the NBA draft, was born in 1993. In a few short years, the NBA will be comprised solely of people who grew up playing NBA Jam, or who were born too late to play NBA Jam.
It’s official: I’m getting old.