HoopsHype Blake Griffin rumors

March 21, 2014 Updates

More on Griffin on Thursday before practice told an inspirational story about working hard. “I’ve heard millions of Kobe (Bryant) stories about late-night workouts,” said Griffin, whose team takes on Detroit on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center. “One I heard, one time I guess he was in Italy and called Marco Belinelli (of the Spurs) at like 1, 2 o’clock in the morning and asked him if he had a gym for him, and so Marco found him one and he went there to shoot with him. “And he (Belinelli) was like, ‘I thought we were going to just get some shots up, but we had like a full workout.’ Things like that. That’s work ethic, real worth ethic. It’s not just coming in when you have to and going hard. It’s doing extra, going above and beyond.” Los Angeles Daily News

Imagine, Griffin doesn’t even mind admitting in his own way he looks up to Bryant of the rival Lakers as well as James, who Griffin intimates is the ultimate player, like he wants to be. “A guy like LeBron, he’s doing so many things for his team,” Griffin, 25, said of the Miami Heat star. “He makes shots, but he also makes plays, makes good decisions, he gets stops, he does everything. That’s kind of a goal, to be a playmaker who can affect the game in a lot of different ways.” Los Angeles Daily News

March 18, 2014 Updates

Being an ESPN cameraman may seem like one of the coolest jobs in the world, but it can be a dangerous profession at times. In Denver Monday night, Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin accidentally delivered a backheel to a cameraman sitting courtside, and sent a few computer monitors flying. For The Win

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season on Monday but don't look for him to start campaigning to win the MVP. "No, I think the MVP race is a two-man race," Griffin said. "The stretch of games that we've played and we've been successful has been a huge team effort. Jamal Crawford was playing out of his mind before he got hurt and guys have stepped up and really done their part. With our team I don't think it's one guy that's making us go. ESPN.com

The Next Man Up mentality is one every head coach tries to instill in his or her team. No excuses no matter the injury, no matter the situation. After the streak, this psychology now pervades the Clippers' locker room. That the team won so many consecutive games while missing the likes of J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford at times only further instilled this mindset. "I haven't heard one guy complain, 'Oh, we don't have this guy or this guy,'" Blake Griffin said. "It doesn't really matter. We honestly believe that every night we go out, we have a chance to win, no matter who's playing, and that's a big mental step for our team." ESPN.com

March 14, 2014 Updates

Q: Has the league been in touch with you? Jermaine O'Neal: “We talked about it yesterday, and I told them the same thing. It’s a very intense time of year, and sometimes things happen during games, things are said during games that shouldn’t necessarily be said or done. But then as men, you sit down and talk about it or stand up and talk about it. You shake on it and move on. I don’t have any animosity toward him. Hopefully, he doesn’t have any animosity toward me. That’s pretty much it.” San Francisco Chronicle

March 13, 2014 Updates

Golden State Warriors forward Jermaine O'Neal confronted forward Blake Griffin in the hallway outside the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room at Staples Center after L.A.'s 111-98 win Wednesday night. The two had a heated conversation that was quickly broken up by a Clippers official who led Griffin to the adjacent news conference room. ESPN.com

March 11, 2014 Updates
March 5, 2014 Updates

0ne0f0ne's unique designs, which are priced at upwards of $20,000, feature architectural materials that are then molded through a layered process that involves mill or laser-cut machines, surfacing, applied acids for color and tone, and then blending them together to tell a story. Currently, 0ne0f0ne is working on art pieces for DeAndre Jordan and Dorell Wright, with a vision from each. The company's NBA first was a four-month project for Blake Griffin, which he posted on his Instagram account and is now on a wall in his L.A. pad. Crafted with mainly walnut and copper—representing Griffin's hair color—0ne0f0ne constructed a piece portraying the L.A. skyline and coast, the city's major highways and intersections in downtown, a perspective of the Staples Center, his rookie year short chart with pegs for all of his dunks, and a representation of the state of Oklahoma, where he is from. Bleacher Report

February 14, 2014 Updates
February 13, 2014 Updates

Blake on his future in the dunk contest "I haven't retired officially. It isn't something I’ll never, ever do again. But for right now, I try to take my rest when I can. And this year I really wanted that Saturday night rest. So not this year." ESPN.com

It wasn’t until 1991 that Jordan, then 28, won the first of his six titles, so, rough as it has been for Griffin, it’s early. “It’s definitely been a roller coaster,” Griffin says. “I wasn’t really prepared for what happened that first season, how everything just kind of blew up. "Then on top of that I wasn’t prepared for what was coming next. It was almost like an immediate 180, from all these people saying I can do this, this, this and that. And then, seemingly everybody saying I can’t do this, this and that. “And to this day it seems to me like all I hear about is what I can’t do.” Forbes.com

February 8, 2014 Updates

Don't expect to see Blake Griffin in any future dunk contests. The Los Angeles Clippers' star forward said Saturday he understood why Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard wanted to become the first player in history to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge, 3-point contest, slam dunk contest and the All-Star Game, but said he'll just stick to the All-Star Game moving forward. "I wouldn't say it was a mistake [in 2011] because it was a great experience, but it's something I would never do again," Griffin said. "For me, All-Star Weekend is about getting a chance to rest as much as anything. With the All-Star Game alone you still have obligations almost all day Friday and you have some kind of an event Friday night and Saturday's practice and appearances. Saturday night for me now has become the time where I hang out with my family and hang out with my friends and take it easy." ESPN.com

Blake Griffin’s multiyear global deal with automaker Kia came out of a conversation Messler had with the Los Angeles Clippers power forward about what he thought he might do at the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend dunk contest. Griffin mentioned to Messler that he was thinking about jumping over a car. Since Kia was a sponsor of the NBA, Messler approached Kia with the idea of Griffin jumping over a Kia Optima. Then she asked Griffin if he thought he could do it. “He said, ‘Get the measurements of the car and I’ll let you know,’” Messler recalled. “So Kia sent me the measurements. I think the first time I called them, they thought I was crazy.” Sports Business Daily

In the case of Blake Griffin, it has meant vaulting himself into the MVP conversation and into the superstar status he may have held because of his dunks and commercials but can now rightfully claim behind a well-rounded, dominant game that has unquestionably made him one of the top players in the NBA. "I expected greatness," Rivers said when asked his expectation for Griffin. "But he's done things we didn't know he could do as well, and clearly we're taking advantage of him in the open court with the ball. That's something we didn't know he could do and now we know he can do. We'll be better when Chris comes back because we'll have two guys now that you can outlet the ball to and that makes us really good as far as in our transition game." ESPN.com

February 2, 2014 Updates

Turkoglu, 34, has played on six teams. He’s been to Finals. He’s been the focal point of an offense, a sixth man, a role player and a point forward. Turkoglu’s experience is what makes him valuable to the Clippers and it’s why he has earned the respect of his teammates. “I forget how many teams he’s played on and everything he’s been through,” Blake Griffin said. “He was telling me a little bit about when he played for Sacramento with that team and throughout the years when he was with Orlando and Dwight [Howard]. He’s been on a lot of different teams and he’s played well and played kind of different roles in a sense on each team. He commands respect automatically from his experience.” NBA.com

“He’s comfortable in his position and his role,” Griffin said. “We’re going to lean on him to do even more than that, I think. The faster he gets into shape, nobody’s rushing him because we obviously understand the situation, but he’s going to be good for us.” Added Rivers: “I think Hedo will be earlier than [Brown]. He was in shape and working out and playing basketball. Hedo’s helped us already. You sign any of those guys. If somebody helps you win one game in the Playoffs, they’re worth it.” NBA.com

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