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Pistons not yet considering shutting Blake Griffin down for season

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The Detroit Pistons are facing some dire straits, but they are not ready to completely punt on the season just yet.

Pistons owner Tom Gores was asked by reporters this week if the team had considered potentially shutting down star player Blake Griffin for the year.

“No, we’re not that far, and we’re just gonna assess it in the next week or so,” said Gores, per Rod Beard of The Detroit News. “He’s a trooper.”

Griffin, who has sat out the last two games with knee soreness to bring his total number of missed games this season to 17, has not looked right all year. The 30-year-old forward is averaging career-lows across the board with 15.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game on a decrepit 35.2 percent from the field and 24.3 percent from deep.

The Pistons are 11th in the East at 12-23 and still owe Griffin $110 million over the next three years. They are starting to give indications of a possible rebuild, and that will make the six-time All-Star Griffin a prime shutdown candidate for the second half of the season.

Lakers’ Jared Dudley takes shot at former teammate Blake Griffin

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Years after the demise of the Lob City Clippers, Jared Dudley apparently still isn’t on speaking terms with one of his fellow alums of that team.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Athletic’s Bill Oram this week, the Los Angeles Lakers forward was asked who his least favorite teammate ever was.

“Least favorite teammate. Wow. I don’t get along with Blake Griffin now,” replied Dudley. “When I was with him I didn’t have a bad relationship with him. That team was the most toxic team. It was weird because it was a bipolar type team. We were somewhat cool off the floor. We weren’t cool on the floor.

“I just don’t like his personality and attitude,” he added about Griffin. “I think he’s a great basketball player and I think you can differentiate the two. It’s easy to be the greatest teammate when you’re winning. How about when you’re losing? How about when you’re down 20? And that’s the biggest thing with that team. It was the biggest front-running team. Up 20, everything is good, throwing lobs. Down 20, people want to fight, bickering. I don’t want to say my least favorite … That’s a teammate right now that I don’t talk [to], don’t get along [with], words aren’t exchanged on the court, yada yada.

The 34-year-old Dudley was teammates with Griffin on the Clippers for just one season in 2013-14. That was the season that the Donald Sterling scandal marred the team’s playoff run and culminated in a second-round exit at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Dudley has made clear that he doesn’t care much for those Clippers, but it is still rare to see an NBA player ether an ex-teammate with such honesty.

H/T NBA Reddit

Report: Blake Griffin to make season debut on Monday

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Blake Griffin is set to make his season debut for the Detroit Pistons on Monday, according to a report.

Griffin has not played at all this season due to knee and hamstring injuries. He was cleared for all basketball activities and was practicing during the week, suggesting a return was close. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says the debut will happen in the Pistons’ home game against Minnesota.

Griffin underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in April and has a history of knee injuries. The Pistons have said they will handle the forward carefully this season due to the issues.

Griffin is entering his second full season with the Pistons after being traded to Detroit by the Clippers in early 2018, just after he had re-signed with the LA club. He averaged a career-high 24.5 points per game last season and attempted seven threes per game.

Blake Griffin sidelined until November with knee, hamstring soreness

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Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin’s season is off to a bad start health-wise.

Griffin will be out until at least the first week of November due to left hamstring and posterior knee soreness, the team announced Tuesday, and will not travel for the team’s opener at Indiana.

Griffin struggled to even play in the playoffs last season due to injuries with that same left knee. It got cleaned up after the season ended, but apparently he’s still have some problems with that leg. The Pistons will hope that it’s a brief absence and doesn’t cost him much more time than he’s already been ruled out for.

The 30-year-old was a standout for Detroit last season, and his 24.5 points per game was his best mark in the NBA.

Watch: Blake Griffin’s roast of Caitlyn Jenner was legendary

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Comedy Central is airing a roast of Alec Baldwin on Sunday, and one clip from Blake Griffin taking it to Caitlyn Jenner during the program has already made the rounds because of the savage jokes.

The roasters of Baldwin include Robert De Niro, Joel McHale, Chris Redd, Jeff Ross, Ken Jeong, Nikki Glaser, Caroline Rhea, Adam Carolla, Jenner and Griffin. During his time on the mic, Griffin had some great lines, including a few directed at Jenner.

“On behalf of the entire NBA, and half of the rappers on the Billboard charts, I want to thank you for giving your daughters their daddy issues,” Griffin joked in one of his zingers.

Griffin would know – he has dated Kendall Jenner in the past, one of Caitlyn’s daughters with Kris Jenner.

Kendall Jenner has also been rumored to date the following NBA players:
D’Angelo Russell
Chandler Parsons
Jordan Clarkson
Ben Simmons

The Kendall Jenner jokes seem to be great material for the roasts; Jeff Ross got Blake with a really good zinger about her last year.

Blake Griffin says people disrespected Detroit when he was traded there

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For many NBA stars, having an opportunity to play in Los Angeles is the dream. The Lakers are one of the most successful franchises in sports, but playing for them or the Clippers also affords players a chance to live the Hollywood lifestyle. Contrary to what you might think, Blake Griffin didn’t mind leaving it behind.

In an appearance on the “How Neal Feel” podcast this week, Griffin reflected on the way people reacted after he was traded from the Clippers to the Detroit Pistons. He said they acted like a member of his family died.

“The one thing I haven’t talked about, it’s kind of funny. When I got traded, everybody’s thing was like, ‘Ohh, sorry, man. How’s Detroit?'” Griffin said, as transcribed by Will Burchfield of 97.1 The Ticket. “I’m always like, ‘It’s cool,’ and they’re like, ‘No, really.’ And I’m like, ‘No, it’s okay. It’s fine.'”

Griffin grew up in Oklahoma, and he said he’s actually much more comfortable in a place like Michigan than he was in LA. While he feels like no one believes him, Griffin said he prefers a more simplified lifestyle.

“During the season, I go to practice, I come home, I eat, I take a nap and I watch basketball, almost every single day. And I love it,” he added. “And in Michigan it is awesome because I have an awesome backyard and I don’t feel trapped. I can go drive places.”

It also worked out from a basketball standpoint last season. Griffin explained how one of his friends in the NBA (likely former Pistons teammate Reggie Bullock) was traded to the Lakers at the deadline last season, and everyone congratulated him. The Lakers ended up missing the playoffs, and the player is no longer with the team.

The issues Griffin has had this offseason recruiting other players to join him in Detroit may be a reflection of how people feel about the city, but he has clearly settled in.

Blake Griffin tells funny story about failed recruitment of former Clippers teammate

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Blake Griffin learned the hard way this summer that free agency can be a fickle mistress.

In an appearance this week on Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take,” the Detroit Pistons star told a funny story about how he tried to recruit free agents to the team this offseason but wound up failing spectacularly.

“I did a few calls, a few texts, a few reach-outs,” said Griffin. “You know what? I think I was 0 for 3 this year.”

The six-time All-Star then described how former LA Clippers teammate Jeff Green was one of the players that he unsuccessfully reached out to.

“I texted him and literally like I think like 30 minutes later it was like ‘Jeff Green has signed with the Utah Jazz,'” he said. “I was like ‘alright.'”

Green, who signed a one-year deal with the Jazz for the veteran’s minimum, was teammates with Griffin on the Clippers during the 2015-16 season.

Other big NBA names were perplexed that Green settled for the minimum, so it is interesting that he said no to Griffin and the Pistons, apparently without even attempting to negotiate.

H/T HoopsHype

Blake Griffin undergoes arthroscopic surgery on knee

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Blake Griffin wasted little time taking care of the knee injury that gave him trouble towards the end of the season.

The Detroit Pistons announced that Griffin underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his knee in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Griffin played in 75 games during the regular season and missed time at the end of the season due to his knee injury. He also sat out the first two games of the Pistons’ playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks, though he did make his presence known when he was out.

The 30-year-old forward, who has a history of knee injuries, was a one-man wrecking crew for the Pistons this season. He averaged a career-high 24.5 points per game and made 36.2 percent of his threes. He missed time due to soreness in both knees this year and had the operation on his left knee.

Blake Griffin had great show of respect to media after season ended

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Blake Griffin had a great show of respect for the media after the Detroit Pistons’ season ended.

The Pistons lost to the Milwaukee Bucks 127-104 in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series on Monday to end the series with a sweep. Griffin had an end-of-season press conference with the media a day later and then shook the hand of each member after he was done, wishing them all a good summer.

This may not seem like much, but it’s significant. When you contrast this with what has happened with Russell Westbrook and a local Oklahoma City media member, you see how much of a difference a small gesture makes. Just ask Peyton Manning what showing respect for reporters can do you for you. When you’re well-liked by the people who cover you, it’s naturally tougher for them to be critical of you.

Watch: Blake Griffin joins Pistons fans in ‘ref you suck’ chant

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Many in Detroit were rather dissatisfied with how the first half of Monday night’s Pistons-Bucks playoff game was being officiated.

Milwaukee and Detroit were whistled for a combined 28 personal fouls in the first half of the first-round game, but 18 of them went against the Pistons. At halftime, Detroit’s Bruce Brown had already tallied four personal fouls, while four other Pistons — including key starters Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, and Luke Kennard — had been whistled for three. In contrast, no Bucks player went to the locker room with more than two fouls. As a result, Milwaukee had attempted 15 more free throws than Detroit had at the half.

Whether warranted or not, a one-sided free throw margin like that is going to attract the attention of the home fans, who struck up a “ref you suck” chant late in the half. Hilariously, Griffin subtly joined them.

Griffin would’ve almost certainly gotten away with it if not for the close-up camera shot. We’ll see if the NBA takes any action in what has become a pretty rough postseason for referees across the league.