HoopsHype Blake Griffin rumors

December 16, 2014 Updates

From Google’s yearly ‘trends’ list, which includes the 10 most searched athletes from the NBA, apparently a lot of people were interested in Paul George. George, the most googled NBA player in 2014, suffered a gruesome season-ending injury while playing in a USA exhibition game. The 10 most googled NBA players in 2014 are as follows: 1. Paul George; 2. Carmelo Anthony; 3. Kevin Love; 4. LeBron James; 5. Shabazz Napier; 6. Kevin Durant; 7. Lance Stephenson; 8. Ray Allen; 9. Blake Griffin; 10. Damian Lillard. Diehard Sport

December 15, 2014 Updates

The Clippers have emerged from the Donald Sterling horror show reasonably intact, with an owner who'll spend anything on anything if it will make the product just a little better. But the most important pieces were already in place. Griffin begat Paul, and Paul begat Rivers. L.A. will go as far as their All-Stars take them. "They're two of the best players in the world, and they make things easier for us," Redick said. "When they run that screen and roll with pace, they're tough to guard. It's like pick your poison. Those are our two best offensive players, the guys we're going to go to down the stretch. They're essential to what we're trying to do offensively." NBA.com

December 9, 2014 Updates
December 8, 2014 Updates

Prosecutors in Las Vegas might be swayed by findings of a defense investigation into a man's claim that Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin attacked him in a Las Vegas Strip nightclub eight weeks ago, a lawyer suggested Monday. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro Tem William Jansen gave defense attorney Richard Schonfeld until Jan. 12 to talk with the district attorney about the claim by Daniel Schuman of the Los Angeles area. Schuman alleges Griffin grabbed him, took his cellphone and slapped him after he took a photo of Griffin and Clippers teammates early Oct. 19 at Tao nightclub at the Venetian resort. Boston Herald

December 4, 2014 Updates

Richard Schonfeld, the defense attorney representing Blake Griffin in the Clippers star’s battery case, said Thursday his firm was concluding an independent investigation that it would submit to the Clark County district attorney’s office. Schonfeld would not elaborate on what that investigation had uncovered. Griffin faces one count of misdemeanor battery in connection with an incident in October at a Las Vegas nightclub. The case alleges that Griffin squeezed the hand and shoulder and/or slapped Daniel Schuman in the face during an altercation involving the use of a camera at Tao nightclub inside the Venetian resort. Los Angeles Times

Griffin will not be required to appear at his first court date Monday at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Schonfeld said he would ask the court to set a status conference that would likely be scheduled within 30 days. Los Angeles Times

According to Nevada law, misdemeanor battery carries a range of possible penalties, including six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine or community service in lieu of jail time. Schonfeld declined to say how he thought the case would play out. “I’m not going to comment on what I think the ultimate disposition will be,” Schonfeld. Los Angeles Times

Richard Schonfeld, the defense attorney representing Blake Griffin in the Clippers star’s battery case, said Thursday his firm was concluding an independent investigation that it would submit to the Clark County district attorney’s office. Los Angeles Times

Griffin faces one count of misdemeanor battery in connection with an incident in October at a Las Vegas nightclub. The case alleges that Griffin squeezed the hand and shoulder and/or slapped Daniel Schuman in the face during an altercation involving the use of a camera at Tao nightclub inside the Venetian resort. Griffin will not be required to appear at his first court date Monday at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Schonfeld said he would ask the court to set a status conference that would likely be scheduled within 30 days. Los Angeles Times

December 1, 2014 Updates
November 29, 2014 Updates

The Clippers (10-5) and Jazz (5-11) tangle tonight (Saturday) at 6 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake (on Prime Ticket). The Clippers are 5-1 on the trip. “Obviously, this game was important,” said Griffin, who scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Rockets. “We always say that the next (game) we are about to play is the most important on the schedule. We can’t overlook anybody. It was a good win for us, but now we have to really close this thing out.” Los Angeles Daily News

November 25, 2014 Updates

Where does Griffin rank among the players you’ve gotten to coach? Capel: “He’s the best. There’s really no comparison. When you talk about talent, athleticism and skill, and when you add the work ethic that comes along, that was the thing that probably impressed me the most was just how hard he worked. I’m sure people that really understand basketball understand that.” Where has developed most? Capel: “Obviously shooting the basketball, which is something he’s really worked on. He’s been able to score, he’s always been a relentless rebounder, physically imposing, but really being able to shoot. I’ve always thought that he had a lot of things that he could do that people didn’t realize, because people were always just so wowed by his athleticism. I don’t think people really had ever really given him credit for all the things he can do. He can really pass. I think people started to see that as the Clippers became a better team and there was better talent around him. He really understands the game. He’s really smart. All of those things I think are what people are starting to see now.” NBA.com

Multiple times during his postgame meeting with reporters, Griffin had to apologize. He was paying attention to something bigger. Eventually, Griffin was asked if the team was worried about the decision not to indict, if it would affect them as they continue on a long road trip. "I wouldn’t say 'worried about it,'" Griffin said. "But, it’s sad to see. It hurts that people have to go through this and it affects them, but it hasn’t really touched us, personally, in here in a real way. We’ve definitely thought about it and feel for the people affected by it." Orange County Register

November 20, 2014 Updates

Alex Kennedy: I know Blake Griffin is polarizing on here (for some reason), but he's a genuinely funny guy. He's constantly cracking jokes in locker room. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

November 18, 2014 Updates
November 14, 2014 Updates

When asked if facing a misdemeanor battery charge is "scary" -- Griffin replied, "I definitely wouldn't say scary. I feel more badly just for the fact that it's a distraction. I really don't know how big of a distraction it really is, but it is. So that's what I feel mostly bad about." Chris Paul -- who was also at the club the night of the incident -- wouldn't open up about the case but says the team has Blake's back ... "He's a teammate, he's a brother and we're always going to be there for him." TMZ.com

November 13, 2014 Updates

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