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March 24, 2014 Updates

Griffin's carved out a niche for himself in pop culture because of his sense of humor. Using a mix of sarcasm, self-deprecation and sophistication, Griffin has become the go-to NBA player whether it's a funny commercial, an internet sketch or even a movie cameo. Neal Brennan, co-creator of "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central, is a stand-up comedian, writer and director. He's also a friend of Griffin's. "I would never, I mean ... I don't (say) people are funny who aren't funny. It means too much to me," Brennan said. "And he's funny." Orange County Register

"Whenever I tell people Blake Griffin is funny, they're like, 'Oh, whatever. That's nice,'" Brennan said. "But he could be a professional comedy writer." Griffin said he'd like to write or direct sketches or movies, and he's always dreamed about "Saturday Night Live." So far, most of his comedy work, though, has been in front of the camera. After making a comedy video with comedian Ben Glieb, Griffin was cast in a commercial for the video game "Rage." Orange County Register

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Has he been wearing gear? One reporter asked him. “I’ve been wearing nothing,” he said, drawing heavy laughter from the assembled group. “I just got some new drawers. I’ve had like four pairs of drawers since I’ve been here. Wash, re-wash, so thank God for washing machines. Things like that. So, it’s been tough, you know, it’s been really brutal.” All the while, he’s wearing a big smile. “But, hey, I realize that in L.A., you can wear anything,” said Davis, 28. “You walk around and you see guys in five-star restaurants with cut-off jeans and, hey, it’s cool. I’m loving that type of lifestyle. I’ve been fitting in. I have no complaints.” Los Angeles Daily News

March 21, 2014 Updates

Roughly two dozen players and agents are intent on getting the NBA players union to push back the selection of its next executive director until July, sources said, out of concern about how the field of candidates were winnowed to the current two finalists, litigation attorney Michele Roberts and David White, executive director of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Player representatives were recently provided videos of and informational packets about Roberts and White and asked if they were ready to move forward. It has been more than a year since the players dismissed their previous executive director, Billy Hunter, for a variety of questionable business practices uncovered by an audit. The request of the player reps prompted approximately 20 players to send signed letters to union president Chris Paul stating they were not ready to vote. Some, but not all of the players, are team union representatives, a player union source said. "A lot of different reasons were given," the source said. "They were signed by the players but you could tell they were written by their agents. When we reached out to see what was going on, the players weren't as strong about their feelings as the letters were." Bleacher Report

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

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

After going through a second consecutive day of practice, Clippers guards Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison will play Saturday against the Detroit Pistons, coach Doc Rivers said. Guard J.J. Redick also is on track to return this season, according to Rivers. "I think [Crawford] and J.J. looked really good," Rivers said. "I don't know about J.J. yet, but Jamal looked terrific." ESPN.com

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

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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

The Clippers are nearing a decision on J.J. Redick’s future this season. The team will determine in the upcoming weeks whether Redick is healthy enough to rejoin the team. If he’s not, the club will likely shut Redick down for the rest of the season in an attempt to have him ready for training camp next year. Redick, who hasn’t played since Feb. 3 because of a bulging disc in his back, has recently ramped up a shooting program, though Doc Rivers said the team doesn’t know when and if he’ll be able to return. Orange County Register

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