Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  13 responses

Baron Davis on Losing Blake Griffin

For B-Diddy and the Clip Show, Blake’s injury has been a very tough pill to swallow: “That’s devastating.  For a young guy, the number one pick, he’s our franchise and not only that, he was our heart and soul.  In practice and even in the preseason games, he was our hustle guy, he was our energy guy and he just did all the little things that really pushed us over the top. Once he got hurt in the preseason, I thought that that took a lot out of us and it was hard to replace what he brought to the table because it was so many of the intangible things that he brought onto the court.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Next year. Hopefully he’ll be 100% next year. Was really hoping to see kid play this year though.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Wait, a rookie was “the franchise” and the “heart and soul” of the team before he had even played an NBA regular season game?! No wonder the Clips are where they are.

  • http://www.boogiewillaims.com Boing Dynasty

    ‘NBA JAM’ dunks in preseason FTW!

  • you already know.

    B diddy that my dude….

  • underdog

    Next season, they gonna rock. IF the franchise manage to improve the bench a little, and find a new coach.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    lol@TADOne. That’s so true. I knew something didn’t sound right in that sentence.

  • http://IJustWantMyNameToLookBig.com Chukaz

    The cavs lost on purpouse to get bron, but the clips did it the old fashion way. they lost because they sucked and that will never change. The moment the clips got the first pick i sent a msg to a buddy of mine sayin “R.I.P. BG’s promesin career”

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    what tadone said.

  • tavoris

    @TADOne-I agree 100%. Maybe the 80 mil guy speaking could/should be the “heart & soul” of the team. Griffin’s out, so now it’s Eric Gordon’s job 2 lead this group of players who all make more than he does.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    yea maybe the clips dont get much respect i guess and understandably so but i think its more of a testament to how much the #1 overall pick really was living up to all the hype. its okay for the new guy on the team to be the heart and soul of a team that didnt have much to rally around. its called bringing in some new blood. especially if he was producing on the court. baron davis would know.

  • clipperfan

    TADOne & tavoris,

    Yes, he was the “heart & soul” of the team! This kid is a beast! During the summer league, he was having his way with the inferior talent. The preseason was a breeze. Yes, I do realize that i’s preseason. That said, I evaluate his performance based on the talent he faced, i.e. the regular season staters. He did great against legit NBA players. He is the definition of “hustle.” I remember an opposing PF tipping the defensive rebound to himself and seemingly gaining possession. Only Griffin didn’t give up and went for the ball. I was pissed this damn rookie wasn’t getting back on D. Needless to say, Griffin ended up with the ball. Not one Clipper today plays with that fire! Quote me on this: Next, year, Blake Griffin will be like a young Amare Soudamire, but with a better shot, handle and defense. Before you get all crazy about the Stoudamire comparison, remember that he came out of high school as a rookie and BG has had 2 years of college to develop. Plus all of this year to work on his shot. Lastly, this team full of vets gave him the nickname “Amazin” before the season even started. In a league where rookies usually get hazed and punked, Griffin was getting praised.

  • tavoris

    @clipperfan-I know he was the heart & soul of the team. However, He and Gordon should NOT be carrying that responsibility when there are 3 players on the team making more than 8mil a year.

  • Jack

    He was beastin’ it in the preseason. I know it’s just the preseason, but the kid looked like he was so good that it should be illegal.