While his case was being investigated, Griffin lost a “substantial” offer to join a team in the Philippines, according to his agent, Seidel, and in the weeks since Griffin’s case was thrown out interest in him, both globally and abroad, has been lukewarm, at best. “It just goes to show you that teams, they don’t want to mess with it,” Seidel said. “It becomes toxic. In the basketball world, absolutely everybody knows. When I say everybody, I mean any market that I put his name out, they know. That goes from China to Italy, and it’s difficult to overcome that, even though it’s been proven that he had absolutely nothing to do with it.”
There's some comfort in that, to be sure, but even if it takes longer than he ever hoped or expected to get there, Griffin says he won't give up on his dream of playing in the NBA. "Teams don't like that stuff," Griffin said of his arrest. "They're basically going to look at me like, if they gave me all this money, then why am I hanging with these people? Why would your name even come up in that? They're not going to invest in that guy. So I might be free, but I'm not. "I still have hope, though," he continued. "I'll never lose faith, and I know I'm going to grind if they give me a chance."
September 28, 2021 | 2:47 pm EDT Update
Dwain Price: Both Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler joked today about Tyson possibly signing a 10-day contract with the #Mavs. Tyson said: “I’ve learned in life I don’t rule anything out. But that’s not mentally where I’m at.” Tyson and Kidd were teammates when the Mavs won the 2011 NBA title.
KC Johnson: Patrick Williams is getting up shots as Bulls practice ends. Billy Donovan said yesterday this is a “big week” for Williams, who could start running for his recovery from a severely sprained left ankle on Sept. 15.
Christian Clark: Mike D’Antoni was at practice. “With Mike, I thought it was special how he went to Houston and it was totally opposite of how his teams played in the past,” Willie Green said. “He played to the strength of his best player, which was James. They were one win away from the Finals.”
Ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season, the Drake-owned clothing brand October’s Very Own (OVO) is partnering with the NBA to release an “exclusive capsule collection celebrating six iconic World Champion franchises.” The Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and New York Knicks have been picked as the NBA teams that will be available in the newest OVO gear. The collection drops Wednesday, September 29 on OctobersVeryOwn.com.