Adrian Griffin Rumors

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Adrian Griffin
Adrian Griffin
Position: None
Born: 07/04/74
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.

The marriage started the way so many everlasting unions do. “We couldn’t stand each other,” Butler says. It was December 2011, and Thibodeau had a lot on his mind: Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, a lockout-condensed schedule and Miami’s Big Three. Butler, the last pick of the first round, was not a priority. At practice, Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin would tell Butler to make 20 corner threes and the rookie would bristle: “Why? It won’t matter, anyway. Thibs doesn’t want me here. I’m not going to play tomorrow. I’m not going to play the game after that. I’m not going to play 10 games after that.” He was sure he’d spend the next decade in Turkey. At halftime Butler would trail Griffin to the locker room and plead, “Talk to Thibs! Tell him I’m ready!” Once, Griffin persuaded Thibodeau to put the rook in a game and call a pick-and-roll. Butler promptly turned the ball over. “See!” Thibodeau barked at Griffin. “I told you!”
Yet, Duerksen transferred and Griffin stayed. Why? Griffin said in an interview with in 2006 that he would have bolted but he thought it wouldn’t look good for the state of Kansas if they both left together. Griffin stayed and earned All-Big East honors as a junior and senior. Griffin also made the transition easy for George Blaney, the coach who took over for Carlesimo at Seton Hall before Griffin’s junior year. “Players can sometimes make that difficult for you, but Adrian made it seamless,” Blaney said. “I relied on him more than taught him.”