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Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin
Position: F
Born: 03/16/89
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:251 lbs. / 113.9 kg.
Salary: $29,512,900
If the season ended today, a team that has started 16 different players — that is not a misprint — would qualify for the playoffs as the seventh seed and engage in a first-round series against the Houston Rockets that would be a hoot. “It’s a fun team, man,’’ said Griffin, one of five starters who had missed time because of injuries. “We’re growing together as a team, instead of starting out the season close and growing apart, which is kind of the opposite of how we did it in past years.’’
As Blake Griffin summoned the crowd at Staples Center to hitch its emotional pulse to his on Monday night — “C’mon! C’mon, man! F— them!” Griffin yelled, raising his arm like a conductor leading an orchestra to a climax — he cast his team’s identity into focus. The LA Clippers were wrapping up a chippy win over Houston — their fifth in a row overall — and Griffin was invigorated by a night’s worth of aggressive bumps, entanglements and assorted other pleasantries. It was an update of Blake Griffin 1.0 — confrontational basketball that’s physical by design, and fueled by nervous energy. “I’m having a blast,” he says.
3 days ago via ESPN
“It’s a fun team, man,” Blake Griffin says. “Everybody trusts and enjoys playing with each other. It’s fun to play a game like [Monday night] in an emotional atmosphere like that, and not run from it. It’s fun trying to win games however we can, whether there are injuries. And it’s fun figuring it out as we go.” There are few things more powerful for a team of players than the collective act of figuring out who they are, then realizing they like that self-image. For Griffin, a key member of a Clippers team that, for years, had loathed what it was and what it had failed to do, this newfound identity has been a revelation. “We’re growing together as a team, instead of starting out the season close and growing apart, which is kind of the opposite of how we did it in past years,” Griffin says.
3 days ago via ESPN