Omari Sanfoka II: Weaver says Blake Griffin should be ready to play when next season starts. "He has been rehabbing and working hard back in LA. We've monitored that. He'll be ready to go."
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey on Blake Griffin's return: "Blake was in last week and he looked good. His body looked great ... He was moving well on the court and had some bounce. That was exciting for me to see and everyone to see where he in his rehab process for the summer. "
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey says Blake Griffin "isn't 100%" but he still looks good in workouts.
James Edwards III: Dwane Casey: "Blake is going to be Blake. We're going into next season to compete and try to win. We would be doing Blake and Derrick a disservice if we asked them to take a step back. Blake is coming into the same ass-kicking role that he had when he took off."
In the midst of a Detroit Pistons rebuild, six-time All-Star Blake Griffin is embracing the process during his rehabilitation and said he is willing to accept "a different role" if necessary. Griffin, 31, underwent an arthroscopic debridement of his left knee on Jan. 7 and has been training six days per week in anticipation of the NBA's return for the 2020-21 season, likely happening sometime in December.
"I look for our team to be competitive. I know from my conversations with Coach [Dwane Casey] and Troy and the front office, they want to put a competitive team on the floor," Griffin told reporters via Zoom on Thursday. "I've told them, I'm here to do whatever they ask of me. Whether that's sort of taking on a different role, taking on more of a role, whatever it might be.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin on knee injury: "I've done quite a bit on the court and everything I've done, I feel a world of difference. I didn't have that much push-off last season and tried to fight through it. My strength is way up."
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 players Blake Griffin and Chandler Parsons have been out of work for more than two months now in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. So with some time on their hands, the pair put their ball skills to use when they hooked up for a friendly game of kickball with some pals in Los Angeles on Saturday.
After undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in January, Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin says he's prepared to return if the NBA season resumes. "I feel great. I've basically been cleared for a while now, I've just been stuck at my house," Griffin said during an appearance on The Encore with Sage Steele. "I'm ready to go whenever things pick back up."
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.
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."
Rod Beard: #Pistons Ed Stefanski on Blake Griffin's pending return: "The positive thing about that is he's rehabbing now. So when June rolls around, he will be totally healthy from that standpoint and he'll be back doing basketball stuff."
Shams Charania: Detroit has applied for a $9.2M disabled player exception for the potential season-ending loss of All-Star Blake Griffin, league sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Bobby Marks: A note on teams applying for the Disabled Player Exception. * 50 granted since 2000 * 11 have been used (9 trades/2 signings) Nice tool to have but one that rarely gets used. Last date to apply is Jan. 15
Bobby Marks: On Detroit applying for the $9.3M DPE * $3,669 below the tax * $5.8M below hard cap * 15 players under contract Barring a trade to clear money and open a roster spot, this will go unused (if granted).
Publicly, confidence is expressed that Griffin can turn it around. Griffin didn’t blame his left knee, which has undergone multiple repairs. Have the many missed games affected his rhythm? “It doesn’t help, but like I said, I’ve never really been an excuse guy, so just got to do better. “That’s the bottom line.”
Rod Beard: Good news for #Pistons: Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose are not listed AT ALL on the injury report for Friday at #Hornets. Tony Snell (left hip flexor strain) is listed as probable. Reggie Jackson and Khyri Thomas are OUT and Sekou Doumbouya and Jordan Bone are with @grdrive.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin and Tim Frazier and Bruce Brown (right knee contusion) are listed as probable vs. #Timberwolves on the injury report. Derrick Rose is questionable and Khyri Thomas (right foot stress reaction) is OUT. #DFS
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin on ramping up after his return Monday: "I’m going to be forced to be eased into it, so I will ease into it. I don’t really know what to expect; I’m going into it with an open mind. I don’t know that I’ve ever been on this type of restriction before."
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin on expected minutes: "I’m not really sure. I leave that in our training staff’s hands. Before the game, I’ll know and I’ll put that in my mind and I’ll do what I can in those minutes."
Rod Beard: In early injury report, #Pistons Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Reggie Jackson and Sekou Doumbouya are listed as OUT for tomorrow at #Pacers. Tim Frazier is doubtful. Could change tomorrow, possibly.
Griffin has missed the start of this season as he rehabs hamstring and knee soreness, but he has no regrets over playing through his injury in the playoffs. which was followed by offseason surgery. “I would do it over again, especially in the playoffs, for sure,” Griffin told The Athletic. “If I can play, I can play. It didn’t do any more damage, (the meniscus) got taken care of, and I feel great now.” Griffin’s season debut appears to be getting close. “I feel great and I’m ready to go whenever they give me the green light,” he said.
“I’m close, very close,” Griffin told The Athletic. “The training staff tells me it’s one day at a time. They tell me what I’m doing the next day, and that’s it, because they know I’d go crazy if I have a timetable. “The team has a plan and I trust our training staff. They know what they’re doing so I’m going to listen to them.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin on his pending return from injury: "It’s about trusting our (training) staff, these people who have literally dedicated their lives to putting us in the best possible position."
Vincent Ellis: Blake Griffin (said he feels great) on when he will make season debut: “I have completely stayed out of it. Everybody on our training staff is unbelievable and they’ve put together a really good plan. They don’t really tell me anything beyond the next day.” #Pistons.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin is doing some light work on the side today at the end of practice.
Griffin played the first two preseason games and then sat out the third for what was called a planned rest. He missed the final two preseason games with what the team identified as hamstring soreness. Tuesday’s announcement, which said Griffin will be re-evaluated in the first week of November, said he was experiencing left hamstring soreness and posterior knee soreness. That’s the same leg that idled Griffin last spring. “We’re being very conservative with him,” Casey said. “We’re used to playing without Blake, so everyone has to be ready. That’s one reason why we went out and signed Markieff. That’s one reason why we kept Christian Wood. Thon’s (Maker) available. We’d rather have Blake, but we’re used to life without him.”
The Detroit Pistons will be without Blake Griffin until at least early November due to continued soreness in his knee and hamstring. Griffin did not travel to Indiana for Detroit's season opener against the Pacers on Wednesday, with the team saying he will continue treatment and conditioning "for left hamstring and posterior knee soreness."
Tim Bontemps: Blake Griffin (hamstring), Andre Drummond (rest) and Markieff Morris (bronchitis) will all sit tonight for the Pistons. Means no Embiid-Drummond matchup tonight.
The Pistons announced in April that Griffin underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his left knee, and he’s not expected to miss any planned offseason training. “Blake played fantastic,” Drummond said. “He’s going to take care of his body this summer and come back at 100%. You got to take your hat off to a guy who fights through pain. It’s not fun playing with a knee injury.”
James Edwards III: #Pistons' Blake Griffin underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure today, the team announced. He's not expected to miss any planned offseason training.
David Aldridge: No shock: Pistons announce that Blake Griffin had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in L.A. Team says Griffin is not expected to miss "any planned offseason training or preparation" for next season.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin on plan for his knee: "I’ll address that today and tomorrow and have a game plan going from there. It will be something, yes. "don’t think it’ll interfere with any offseason workout plans that I have. We’ll figure that out."
Ben Golliver: Pistons coach Dwane Casey, after coaching himself hoarse, w/ tribute to Blake Griffin: "He played his heart out with basically 1 leg. He fought through a lot of pain and swelling. He just gave a passionate speech in the locker room about how proud he was to play with those guys."
James Edwards III: Despite being listed as probable, Dwane Casey said Blake Griffin is still a game-time decision.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin is at practice today. Still no word on his availability for tomorrow's Game 4. pic.twitter.com/TLFBMbWtoJ
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin is listed as a starter for Game 3, along with Jackson, Ellington, Kennard and Drummond.
Malika Andrews: Blake Griffin is listed as active for Game 3 tonight.
Griffin missed the first two games of the first round series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons with knee soreness. He also sat the final game of Detroit's regular season. Thon Maker had been starting in Griffin's place.
Matt Velazquez: Dwane Casey says Blake Griffin will go through warmups and they won’t know until right before the game if he will play. Said Griffin is feeling “much, much” better but the situation with his knee remains “tenuous.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey on Blake Griffin's knee injury: “People say it’s a ruse or whatever, but it’s real. His body will let him know if he can go or not. It’s not like we are trying to play without him."
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey on Blake Griffin's potential return: "He’s been pestering everybody. I can’t wait to get him out there – hopefully it’s tonight. We’ll find out."
Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin will likely miss the entire first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks because of a left knee injury, sources told Yahoo Sports. Griffin has battled the injury for the past several weeks, getting pulled from the Pistons' second-to-last game against Memphis and missing the season finale against New York, games the Pistons needed to win — and did — to qualify for the last playoff spot.
Griffin will be listed as day to day for the remainder of the series, with a league source calling it a "slim chance" he plays this weekend. There's no structural damage in the left knee, and it's unclear whether he'll need some type of minor procedure this offseason. Griffin and team doctors will decide the best course of action when the season concludes.
Malika Andrews: Thon Maker starts for the Pistons in place of Blake Griffin. Griffin has been undergoing ongoing treatment to try to control the inflammation in his knee, league sources told ESPN.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Dwane Casey says Blake Griffin (sore left knee) is OUT for Game 1 tonight at #Bucks.
Rod Beard: #Pistons Blake Griffin (sore left knee) still is listed at questionable on today's injury report for tonight's Game 1. #Bucks list Brogdon, Gasol, DiVincenzo and Snell as OUT. #DFS
Detroit Pistons star forward Blake Griffin is still day-to-day heading into the postseason, coach Dwane Casey said Friday. Griffin, who has been dealing with a troublesome left knee, did not play in the regular-season finale Wednesday when Detroit wrapped up a playoff spot by winning at New York.
James Edwards III: #Pistons’ Blake Griffin (left knee) is out on the floor getting in extra work post practice.
September 24, 2021 | 3:51 pm EDT Update
Dionysis Aravantinos: Giannis Antetokounmpo on his hyperextended knee injury: “It wasn’t a miracle. If you work hard, you don’t drink, don’t smoke, you work hard for 8-9 years. I shouldn’t have played in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. I was in a lot of pain. I’m still hurting. But I’ll be okay.” (Via COSMOTE TV)
A number of its players had declined to receive COVID-19 vaccine shots. The team was worried that an outbreak could derail its postseason hopes. Team executives began setting up meetings aimed at swaying the unvaccinated players. They provided data outlining the scientific benefits to them as individuals and to their families as well as information regarding the safety of the vaccine. That didn’t work.
Next, the team tried dangling the NBA’s updated and more relaxed COVID protocols, which made life easier for vaccinated players. They faced fewer tests, had fewer restrictions and, crucially, were not required to quarantine after an exposure to the virus. The unvaccinated players still didn’t budge. Finally, the team tried appealing to the players’ self-interests. There was money to be made in the postseason, it told the players, whether via playoff bonuses, contract incentives, or by flourishing under the spotlight and burnishing their respective reputations.
Now, with the 2021-22 regular season just a month away and players returning to their local markets for training camp next week, a number of NBA organizations find themselves confronting similar challenges, only with more urgency. The combination of new league protocols and more stringent local regulations could create an environment in which vaccine hesitancy becomes an issue that impacts on-court results. In other words, the final standings this season could very well be impacted by the vaccination status of players.
The NBA, according to a league spokesman, believes that around 85% of its players are currently vaccinated; National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts put the number at 90% during a July interview with Yahoo Sports. Those numbers are about 10-to-15% more than the overall rate of American adults who are vaccinated. But that still means that somewhere between 50 and 70 NBA players remain unvaccinated, an average of more than two per squad. Depending on how those players are grouped, what city they play in, and how good they are, it’s clear that any team entering the season with low vaccination rates will be at a competitive disadvantage.