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Kobe Bryant shares some advice with Blake Griffin for the dunk contest

February 19, 2011 |  2:09 pm

Leading up to the 1997 NBA slam dunk competition, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant insisted he dreaded the experience.

He says he felt too nervous, too analytical on what he should do and at one point wondered if he could back out of the contest. So, Bryant was speaking from experience when he approached Clippers forward Blake Griffin during the NBA All-Star practice at the L.A. Convention center and offered advice on Saturday's competition.

"I talked to him a little bit today," Bryant said. "I just told him to have fun, enjoy it and rest up."

At least in body language, Griffin displayed the vibe Bryant conveyed as packs of reporters and camera operators surrounded him. Griffin has thrown his fair share of highlight reels so far this season and has earned the reputation for having the ability to steal "SportsCenter's" Top 10 segment every night.

But those wondering if Griffin took any pointers from Bryant's between-the-legs dunk will be disappointed. When informed that Bryant won the dunk contest in 1997, Griffin laughed and revealed his young age.

"I was 7 years old at the time," Griffin said with a smile.

-- Mark Medina

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