Griffin’s hiring was supposed to mark a new chapter i…

Griffin’s hiring was supposed to mark a new chapter in the history of professional basketball in New Orleans. But 2½ years into his time in charge, he is running out of chances to make things right. He has failed to form a solid relationship with his most important player, and he has already fired two head coaches, one of whom he hand-picked. How did so much go wrong so quickly? What follows is an account of Griffin’s tenure in New Orleans, based on conversations with more than a dozen current and former team employees.
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