Friday, January 15th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  12 responses

Blake Griffin Takes Setback in Stride

Griffin understands that, though disappointing, this is the best course of action for his health and career: “In a news conference at the Clippers’ training facility in Playa Vista, Griffin said he was “obviously disappointed’ but that ‘it’s better to take care of it now and not have to deal with it in the future. This has been a possibility in the back of my mind that it might have to happen,’ he said of surgery, ‘so it made it a little bit easier to process and transition to actually having to make this decision. It’s frustrating but at the same time this is the best choice for me.’ Griffin, the NBA’s No. 1 draft pick, said he began noticing that the knee was aggravated during drills toward the end of last week. ‘It’s not nearly the pain that I had when it first happened,’ he said. But it was ‘one of those things where I wouldn’t be able to have full strength, I’d be playing at 75% for the rest of the season,’ Griffin said. ‘I’d much rather get this done now and be able to play 100% at the beginning of next season.”‘

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  • Ken

    Good attitude. Better than doing what Arenas and Amare did, rushing back to prove something, and then delaying their eventual return even more.

  • underdog

    Well, Arenas delayed his return this time for sure. But I completely agree with Griffin. I’m just hoping he won’t loose his explosiveness.

  • horsey

    didn’t antonio mcdyess have the same injury? he kind of lost most of his explosion but it worked out because of his basketball IQ and his shot making ability. i wonder how this is going to work out…

  • ball4life

    He’s startin he’s career off the wrong way… just like Greg Oden. he’s just gonna be another average player when he gets back.

  • E

    @ballforlife…”He’s startin he’s (his career) off the wrong way? NO Shi.t Blake is not Oden. He will be back and having you eat your words in about a year from now.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    If the Clips had just picked Thabeet (as they should have being the Clippers) this would never have happened to Griffin. What a waste of a perfectly good player.

  • http://www.luketynan.blogspot.com litetitan

    @Dave – Was Griffin injured before he was actually drafted?

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    No, I was referring to the fact that the Clippers always find a way to lose. As Thabeet has bust written all over him they could have found an easier way to lose by picking him in the draft, and then Griffin could have gone somewhere that doesn’t need to lose and his knee injury wouldn’t have happened.
    Tell me I’m wrong.

  • onions baby onions

    You’re not wrong Dave that makes perfect sense; its the clippers

  • Jdubbs

    That is so martyr.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    I’ll say it’s wrong Dave. If Blake Griffin was playing for anyone else during the pre-season, the chance of getting hurt was just as realistic.

  • riggs

    @Dave: no it wouldve just happened to thabeet.