Blake Griffin: ‘I Didn’t Deserve a Summer Break’

by September 01, 2016

In a chat with teammate J.J. Redick this week, Blake Griffin talked about bouncing back from a disappointing 2015-16 campaign.

The five-time All-Star forward says he hardly took any time off this summer because of how much injuries derailed him last season.

Griffin, 27, says he likes the LA Clippers’ chances to compete for an NBA title in 2016-17.

Per the Clippers’ team website (via Yahoo):

On getting back on the court: Griffin didn’t take much time off this summer, saying his biggest focus was on his health and making sure he felt strong and ready to go. “I took a week off after I had surgery and then started rehab a week after that, and I’ve been going all the way through,” Griffin said. “I actually just got back from vacation, so I took a week off there, so basically two weeks (off) this whole summer. I kind of had in my mind, I’m just going to go all the way through. In my mind, I didn’t deserve a summer break.”


On moving forward and breaking through: Redick said he thought talent-wise the Clippers had enough to get it done in the past, and it’s about being mentally strong enough to follow through and get where they want to go in the postseason. Griffin said teams also need some luck, and health has a lot to do with it.


“You have to be healthy,” Griffin said. “Guys have to be not just healthy like to where they can play or not, but healthy to play at 100 percent or close to 100 percent, because I don’t think anybody’s playing at 100 percent in the playoffs.” […] “This year I think our team is built for that run and built for that type of success,” he said. “I’m excited.”