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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  19 responses

Blake Griffin Feeling 100% Healthy

Griffin tells the LA Times that he can hardly wait to restart his career: “Griffin, the Clippers’ power forward, has been pain free after a long and winding road of rehabilitation, and restrictions on his activities were lifted in May. But Griffin, a few days before Thursday’s NBA draft in New York, talked about a recent breakthrough and sounded like a little kid who had been allowed to sit at the table with the adults. ‘I was so excited just to play one-on-one again,’ he said in a telephone interview. ‘I was asking Craig [Smith] and Mardy [Collins] if they wanted to, ‘All right, can we play one-on-one?’ The self-deprecating Griffin chuckled, adding: ‘It was kind of sad.’ Griffin was speaking from a long day of commercial activities in New York and was not planning to stay for Thursday’s draft. The Clippers have the No. 8 pick, barring any last-minute deals, so they could have two first-round picks in the lineup making their NBA debut together this fall. Griffin was forced to develop new qualities since he suffered a stress fracture of his left kneecap in the Clippers’ final preseason game — and sat out the entire regular season. ‘I’d like to say I found out how to be patient, I guess,’ he said. ‘Really, just wait things out, take your time and not rush things because there’s so much that goes into coming back.’ There will be, apparently, one small modification. ‘You’re going to see the normal Blake,’ he said. ‘I might save the jumping over the scorer’s table for the regular season. I’m gonna play hard, though; that’s how I was taught to play. It’s the only way I know how to play.”‘

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  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    So, he plays in Clipperville, his career will turn out like Odom’s career anyway. Alot of talent but will never be able to put it all together.

  • james

    i think the fact that he over exaggerated his injury so that he remained out for the entirety of his first season, therefore making his rookie season be this year, so he can compete for rookie of the year, says a lot about his personality and his orientation in the league. i know playing for the clippers is mighty sucky, but i’m sure he could have played for one or two games at the end of the season to get used to the nba pace.

  • Hussman25

    Blake… Please take it E.A.S.Y!!! PLEASE!!!!!

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    I’m glad he’s healthy again and hope he stays that way. The Clips finally have a really nice core and with the draft pick will likely be a playoff team.

  • Str8in It Out

    The Clips haven’t had this much talent since…well, ever. Should be an interesting year for them but somehow I get the feeling they’ll eff it up.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Hokay.

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    Who’s Blake Griffin?? nah jk he’s beast!!! I think Clippers will make it to the playoffs at least 8th seed in the west.

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    Blake is already a top 10 PF. If Amare can dominate early on his career without a shot and not being able to go left (heck, he still can’t go left), I don’t see how Blake won’t be able to be as good as a young Amare. @james you are completely wrong, they didn’t over exaggerate his injury, he could have played through it. Everyone, Blake and the Clippers, felt it was better to get the surgery so it won’t be a problem, or grow into a bigger problem, down the road. Who knew the Clippers could make a a smart decision

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I was hoping the Clips would get the number 1 pick this year, just cause it would be sick to see a team get the first overall pick in the draft two years in a row, like Orlando had in ’92 and ’93. How sick would it be having John Wall and Blake Griffin on the same team? Oh well, least I can make it happen on 2k11 when it drops, lol.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    I remember some of those Summer League dunks from last year, whoah Clippers might be fun to watch this year.

  • Yesse

    For summer league and preseason, lol.

  • http://davissportsdeli.com Aaron Fischman

    James, there’s no way that Blake sat out all year just so he could make this upcoming season his rookie year. He had a lot of tangible setbacks.

    I’m so excited that he’s 100%. Kaman and Griffin form a very formidable front line. BD, Eric Gordon, and King James. Ok…I’ll stop, but a guy can dream, right?

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Constantine Popa.

  • Ronald

    I don’t think he sat out just to remain eligible for ROY. I mean, would YOU do that? Especially if you waited your whole life to play in the NBA. If you got drafted then hurt ROY is the last thing on your mind. It doesn’t mean anything anyway. Mike Miller got ROY before. And, the fact that he broke his patella without contact was probably a major concern for the Clips and their doctors as it might be a structural problem. Therefore, it would made sense to bring him back slowly and correct any possible imbalances.

  • nastierthanu

    @ clipsfan Blake griffin is a special player but amare was a beast. I wouldn’t compare the two at all.

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    if baron passes him the rock every now and then instead of jacking 3pt bricks he might set it off. guaranteed for a double-double regardless – book it.

  • Clipperfan

    @ The Seed,
    Odom? Really?!? That guy has spent more time with the Lakers than the Clippers and he’s still a dope! It has nothing to do with the organization, it’s all in between his ears and in his chest. The man has no heart or brain.

    @ James,

    The reason the whole season was lost is because they tried to let the injury heal with out surgery. The knee didn’t feel right, so they shut it down and had the surgery. The only thing stupider than playing with that injury is you assertion that, “he could have played for one or two games at the end of the season to get used to the nba pace.” Yeah, like 1 or 2 meaningless games against opponents on cruise control would really help him out.

    @ nastierthanu,

    Blake Griffin is a beast. He’s better defensively and has a better offensive game as a rookie. But to be fair Amare was doing his thing straight out high school, while Griffin 2 years in college. Amare is a better athlete, but I believe Griffin will right up there as an all-around player due to his leadership and defense.

  • Sam Bowie

    OK, good. But what about Greg Oden?

  • http://Slam BallerBorn22

    R.O.Y. Next season

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