While your fearless leader continues his transition to being a Kentucky resident once again, here’s a reminder of why this blog is such a fan of Blake ****ing Griffin. The word “beast” is overused in sports, much like most adjectives in the sports world, but it if there’s ever been a walking definition of what that word means in relation to athletes and their accomplishments, Blake Griffin does just that.
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While his Los Angeles Clippers continue to lose (1-11), their prized rookie continues to do what he does best: dunk on anyone silly enough to get in his way. His latest victim? Anthony Tolliver, center for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Before Griffin’s career is all said and done, I honestly think Blake Griffin will have dunked on every living member residing in the United States.
You. Me. My mom. Your mom. Obama. His successor. All of us.
And we’d all be better for it, too.
Considering the struggles Griffin is facing as a Clipper, one wonders if he’ll opt for the LeBron/Dwyane Wade style of restricted free agent extension instead of signing for the max? That way, he’ll be able to get away from that moribund franchise and do something good with his basketball ability. Of course, Griffin could be a glutton for punishment and feel that he, along with Erics Gordon and Bledsoe, can change the fortunes of LA’s second basketball team.
Blake Griffin’s mission in life is to dunk on every living being on the planet. Well, maybe not, but he certainly plays like it. Granted, he’s only been in the league for five official games, but he’s already got a list of “I just crushed your face” victims. The latest being Nenad Krstic of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
I guess you could say Krstic got thunder-struck. Yeah, I went there.
Bad puns aside, Griffin had two highlight-worthy dunks against the Thunder, and as a bonus, they came in the Clippers’ first win of the season:
Blake Griffin was worth the wait. That’s what anyone who watched his official NBA debut last night should come away thinking. While the LA Clippers ultimately lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, knowing their potential super-stud power forward looks like the real deal should help salve some of those opening night wounds. And hell, this is the Clippers we’re talking about. As for Griffin, he wasted no time making his presence known by throwing down a nasty alley-opp for the first basket of NBA career.
Griffin finished the game with 20 points and 14 rebounds in 39 minutes of play. I’m guessing his knee is fully healed. Oh, and four assists were a pleasant surprise, as well. Now he just needs some consistent help from his teammates.
For instance, Chris Kaman would do well to avoid anymore 4-18 shooting nights. In fact, Eric Gordon and Rasual Butler were the only other two Clippers crack the double-digit mark in scoring. Further, besides Gordon and Griffin, the rest of the Clippers starters only shot 8-35 collectively. That clearly needs to be improved.
Since I can’t regale you with tales of Griffin’s first NBA win, I’ll just show you the other dunk he had. It, too, did not disappoint.
Welcome to the NBA (again), rook.
One-handed dunk finishes of alley-oop passes have a way of doing that.
While the rest of the Western Conference thought they were free from a power forward dunking all over them, with Amare’ in NYC, the emergence of Griffin means, “Not so fast, my friends.” Out with old blood and in with the new, apparently.
I can’t stress enough how much I hope he stays healthy, but it’s hard to be confident considering the franchise he’s currently playing for.
H/t to TBJ for the find.
Yes, I’m aware of the caveats of preseason glory, but if Blake Griffin performs anywhere near the numbers he’s posting thus far, while remaining injury, the John Wall/Rookie of the Year coronation may not happen as expected. Don’t get me wrong, I fully expect Wall to dazzle, but if any rookie consistently posts a 15 and 12 stat line, it would be hard to overtake them. Griffin is, of course, returning from a knee injury that robbed him of his rookie season, and with the specter of the Curse of the Clippers hanging over him, it’s hard to be confident he’ll succeed where so many other Clipper high draft picks have not.
Because of that, I’m hesitant to even enjoy his return to action, but the his athletic ability and the way he finishes at the rim pretty much makes that impossible. Yes, he can still dunk the ball like a beast:
Is today Christmas or something, because there’s a distinct feeling of something great happening today? In fact, when I woke up this morning, the first thing I thought of was, “it’s Tournament time, bitch.” And yes, those were my exact thoughts when I became lucid. So what does today hold? Maybe a Stephen Curry-like discovery of a player we may not be aware of? If we’re lucky. Perhaps a Bryce Drew recreation? One can only hope.
Anyway, I’ll be here ALL DAY updating you as needed. It’s almost time, folks. Here’s some video to get you in the mood even more: After the jump >>
That, friends, is the one of the only highlights you’ll have of Los Angeles Clippers rookie Blake Griffin doing work in his Clippers gear. What started out as a left broken knee cap that has sidelined Griffin since early in the preseason has turned into a problem that will require surgery and leave Griffin and his never-ending reservoir of potential sidelined for the rest of the season.
The team said, in a statement: “It has been determined that the healing in his left patella area has not improved to the expected required level.”
Recovery is expected to take between four and six months, but considering Griffin’s workout ability, don’t be surprised if he’s completely ready for action the next time the NBA’s summer league fun rolls around.