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Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin
Position: F
Born: 03/16/89
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:252 lbs. / 114.3 kg.
Salary: $34,449,964
“I felt like Svi took strides each and every game,” Kennard said. “He learned something every day. Svi – he’s a workhorse. He’s always in the gym, getting shots up early, staying after. He’s a smart player. He’s just smooth.” Blake Griffin also saw Mykhailiuk’s growth and thinks another leap forward is coming. “He’s like a basketball purist,” Griffin said. “He’s putting in the time every single day. He’s listening, he’s learning, he’s watching. And he has a really good feel for the game. Physically, right away you can see the things he brings to the table, but I think he grew this year. His mental approach and also just his confidence that he can impact the game in more ways than just shooting. I think next year will be a big year for him. He’s put in a lot of work and I feel he’s taken that step.”
“You have two veteran big-time players that are looking to restore their careers: Blake Griffin, who is a perennial All-Star, and Derrick Rose. Both guys have had some injury history and they’re looking forward to building their careers back,” Weaver said. “That stood out and we’re excited to get them healthy and help us moving forward. “The second piece is the young players on the roster: Sekou (Doumbouya), (Luke) Kennard, Bruce Brown and Svi (Mykhailiuk) and (Christian) Wood. We feel like we have a good mixture of young guys with those two staples to start there.”

Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose part of Pistons' future?

A fresh chapter in Detroit Pistons franchise history is set to be written next season, but new general manager Troy Weaver still sees veteran stars Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose as part of the “plans going forward.” Griffin, 31, is coming off left knee surgery after playing in just 18 games this season. “I’m excited about having the chance to work with Blake,” Weaver, a longtime Oklahoma City Thunder executive, said Monday at his introductory news conference. “Obviously, being in Oklahoma City for the last 12 years, I remember Blake quite well, playing at OU and his family being around there, being from Oklahoma City. So, I’m very familiar with Blake.
Blake Griffin’s The Pursuit of Healthiness podcast will launch on August 4 with a roster of A-list guests and has already been renewed for a second season, Audible said Monday. The podcast, announced in October, features Griffin discussing how everyday people can keep their bodies and minds in shape, featuring conversations with some of the most notable figures in the world of sports, entertainment and wellness. Season 1 guests include Michael B. Jordan, Arianna Huffington, Queer Eye’s food expert Antoni Porowski, Deepak Chopra, Chelsea Handler and Karlie Kloss among others.
The six-time NBA All-Star will have plenty of guests on the airwaves, including actor Michael B. Jordan, Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, food expert Antoni Porowski, mindfulness specialist Deepak Chopra, author and activist Chelsea Handler, Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe, model Karlie Kloss, Bulletproof founder Dave Asprey, two-time Paralympic champ Oksana Masters and NASA head of nutrition and biochemistry Scott M. Smith.
“As a professional athlete, I’ve been pushing my physical abilities to the limit for as long as I can remember and have always been incredibly fascinated by what the mind and body can do,” Griffin said in a released statement. “Now, more than ever, wellness of both body and mind is crucial –– my teammates, my friends, family and everyone around the globe need to focus on self-care. I’m proud to collaborate with Audible and OBB Sound on this special interview series, which will make the health and wellness landscape a little less daunting and a lot more fun.”
The Julius Jones Coalition, a group established in 2019 composed of family, friends and community organizers pursuing Jones’ innocence, has gathered support in recent months as NBA stars Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Trae Young and Buddy Hield and NFL quarterback Baker Mayfield authored and sent letters to the governor’s office. Each letter hit a key issue that led to Jones’ conviction — racial bias, a flawed investigation, an ill-equipped defense — and points to the wrong person sitting on death row.
“[Jones’] conviction was tainted by a deeply flawed process,” Westbrook, the longtime face of the Oklahoma City Thunder who is now with the Houston Rockets, wrote in his letter. “As more details come to light regarding his situation, I join with many voices to express sadness and profound concern regarding his conviction and death sentence.” The name recognition of the athletes — all of whom have strong ties to Oklahoma — is something organizers hope will resonate, especially in the present moment. As protests against police brutality across the United States persist, Oklahoma City’s Black Lives Matter chapter has included a commutation for Jones in a list of demands presented to Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt.
That puts Griffin, who has another guaranteed year left on his contract and a player option worth nearly $39 million in 2021-22, in an awkward position. He’s the franchise player, but is also 31, coming off of season-ending surgery and likely exiting his prime years. How does he fit into Detroit’s plans? “That’s up to the front office,” Griffin said in a video conference call Thursday. “Depends on what they want to do and how they want to go about it. At a certain time, at the right time, I’ll have those conversations.”
Storyline: Blake Griffin Trade?
He appears to be at peace with the possibility of remaining in Detroit for the long haul. Griffin said as long as he’s here, he’ll do whatever the franchise asks. “If I’m on the Detroit Pistons, I’m doing everything I can to prepare to play for them and win games,” Griffin said. “That’s just how you’re wired to play as far as what we do in the offseason, what we’re going to do next year, that’s going to be up to them. Whenever the time is right, we’ll have that conversation.”
Griffin isn’t 100% healthy yet, but he’s confident he’ll get to that point “quickly.” He began on-court workouts in May and recently sat down with his trainer to review rehab notes, and put together a plan to escalate his training. His left knee visibly ailed him during the 2019 playoffs, but he played through it and opted to wait to undergo surgery until after the Pistons were eliminated. He was expected to be healthy in time for the 2019-20 season, but soreness and loose bodies in the knee caused him to miss the first 10 games of the season.
NBA teams will withhold more than $30 million from player paychecks on Friday, as players receive their first salary reduction since the league and union agreed to a plan to temporarily cut pay by 25%. But six of the NBA’s top 10 earners this season — LeBron James, Stephen Curry, John Wall, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant and Paul George — have already been paid in full and will not see a pay decrease Friday. Their salary reductions will come out of their advances for the 2020-21 season on Oct. 1 or beginning with their Nov. 15 paychecks. Each player will essentially have an IOU per paycheck to his team ranging from $390,000 (James) to $420,000 (Curry) each time there is a scheduled 25% pay reduction. That amount will increase if games are eventually canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Storyline: Salary Reductions
But as Steph blew up, and the Warriors ended up with the No. 7 pick, he just didn’t think Curry would be available. Their board was 1. Blake Griffin, 2. Steph Curry. He could’ve been lying to me, but he said that to me and I think (SF Chronicle beat writer) Rusty Simmons. They were expecting to land Jordan Hill. Riley and Nelson even flew to Memphis to talk to Monta Ellis, who was unhappy, and told him—according to what my sources told me—that they got on the same page with Monta, including that he would be the point guard.
But as Steph blew up, and the Warriors ended up with the No. 7 pick, he just didn’t think Curry would be available. Their board was 1. Blake Griffin, 2. Steph Curry. He could’ve been lying to me, but he said that to me and I think (SF Chronicle beat writer) Rusty Simmons. They were expecting to land Jordan Hill. Riley and Nelson even flew to Memphis to talk to Monta Ellis, who was unhappy, and told him—according to what my sources told me—that they got on the same page with Monta, including that he would be the point guard.
Blake Griffin has fled Detroit and landed in L.A. … where the guy’s clearly not taking time off his workout regimen while the NBA season is on a hiatus. The Pistons forward was spotted out in Tinseltown this weekend, where he was shirtless and getting his sweat on outside, with some sort of training strap attached to his torso. Dude looks like he’s still staying true to staying fit during this long break … which doesn’t have a clear end in sight at the moment.
While the NBA season is on hold for the time being, Detroit Pistons player Blake Griffin is still getting in his workouts. The 31-year-old athlete went for an outdoor sweat session on Saturday while still maintaining a proper social distance between his fellow workout companions. In the Los Angeles heat, Griffin took his shirt off and just wore drawstring athletic shorts and a cross-chest heart rate monitor.
Storyline: Blake Griffin Injury
Casey said he keeps in touch with his players as much as he can. He is so proud of Blake Griffin who recently donated $100,000 for workers at Little Caesar’s Arena. “It’s unbelievable,” Casey said of Griffin’s gesture. “The thing about it is, no one prompted him to do it. He surprised everyone. Our office didn’t ask him to do that. He did it out of the goodness of his heart. I think we’re seeing the best of mankind now from all walks.”
However, Paul now admits that he “appreciated” Griffin more after he left the Clippers in the summer of 2017. The future Hall of Famer talked to Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes on the All The Smoke Podcast about his stint with the Clippers: “It’s seriously one of those things you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone,” Chris Paul said. “I think about it at times. And me and Blake Griffin absolutely had our issues here and there, but I actually appreciated Blake probably a lot more after I left.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin on this season: “I had a moment here or there where I didn’t feel 100 percent. It’s sort of like that thing in the back of your mind of trying to ignore those (injury) things and push through it and say okay, it’s all right if I get to this point or if I get to that point, you know, I’ll be fine. And just never got there really, and it was pretty apparent so I think I made the right decision.” or if I get to that point, you know, I’ll be fine. And just never got there really, and it was pretty apparent so I think I made the right decision.”