Because of the NBA lockout, we probably won’t be able to see NBA All-Star Blake Griffin show off his basketball skills anytime soon. However thanks to Kia, we will be able to see him show off his acting skills on TV as the spokesperson for the 2012 Kia Optima.

At this years Los Angeles Auto Show, Griffin made an appearance in a custom basketball-themed Optima. Together, he and Kia’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Michael Sprague, introduced two new spots that feature the sly and cunning Griffin talk about Kia’s UVO system and its safety ratings.

Griffin first became the face of Kia when he won the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest by leaping over the hood of a 2012 Kia Optima for the  slam dunk title.


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