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#pounditThursday, January 20, 2022

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Watch: Blake Griffin dunks on Joel Embiid

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Blake Griffin got Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers good on Tuesday night.

Griffin was dribbling in transition in the second quarter in Detroit and fooled Philly with a fake pass. He then finished with a strong dunk over Embiid:

Those on Detroit’s bench absolutely loved Griffin’s moves.

Griffin had a monster half for the Pistons. He scored 28 points on 12-for-17 shooting. He would have had even more points if he did better than his 2-for-8 free throw mark.

Utah’s Joe Ingles had funny Twitter exchange with Blake Griffin

Utah Jazz sharpshooter Joe Ingles had a funny Twitter exchange with Blake Griffin on Wednesday night.

Ingles was impressed by how well his purple jersey had been selling and commented about that on Twitter. Griffin responded with a joke about using the jerseys to keep his fires going for warmth in Michigan. Ingles hit Griffin back with a burn about Griffin’s Clippers career ending.

Judges call this fight in favor of Ingles, the new Twitterweight champion.

Not only is the 30-year-old showing off his Twitter chops, but Ingles also has taken a big step forward in his NBA career. He jumped to 11.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game last season, while making 44 percent of his threes.

Blake Griffin ordered to pay $3 million a year in child support

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Blake Griffin has been ordered to pay $3 million a year in child support to the mother of their two children, according to a report.

Griffin broke up with Brynn Cameron last year, leading to a paternity suit. The matter was settled with the NBA star being ordered to pay $258,000 per month in child support, according to Radar Online. That amounts to over $3 million per year.

For the purposes of the child support calculation, Griffin’s net worth was calculated to be $35 million in March. Griffin is signed to a 5-year, $173 million contract and scheduled to make just under $32 million next season.

Griffin and Cameron have joint legal and physical custody of the children. The two were ordered to mutually agree on school and additional school expenses, with Griffin paying the kids’ extracurricular activities. Griffin claimed in the suit that he is paying for a home in which Cameron and the two children live in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Cameron, who also has a child with former NFL QB Matt Leinart, has also filed a civil “palimony” suit against Griffin for allegedly breaching an oral contract with him.

UPDATE: TMZ Sports has since reported that this figure is incorrect and that Griffin is paying $32,000 a month, which is a huge difference.

Dwane Casey: Pistons want Blake Griffin to ‘expand his game’

It certainly sounds like Dwane Casey was drawn to the Detroit Pistons job in part because of what he could do with Blake Griffin.

Speaking on ESPN Radio’s Stephen A. Smith Show, Casey compared Griffin to DeMar DeRozan and said he hopes the forward expands his game and uses a more versatile arsenal going forward.

“We’re going to empower him to expand his game, a lot like DeMar DeRozan in Toronto,” Casey said, via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. “Expand his game out to the 3-point line, have some point-forward responsibilities with the basketball out on the floor bringing it down. Because he’s more than just a back-down, post-up player.”

The Pistons are intent on building around Griffin. The previous regime gave up a lot to acquire him, and he’s under contract through 2022, so they have little choice. Luckily, if they can keep him healthy, he is a player who can certainly carry the load.

Blake Griffin cracks joke about Rookie of the Year beef

This year’s NBA Rookie of the Year discussion has been about as animated as it gets, and Blake Griffin knows plenty about the debate surrounding a player being eligible for the award in his second season.

As you have likely heard, Ben Simmons is one of the favorites to win Rookie of the Year. The other top candidate, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, has made it known that he feels Simmons should not be eligible since he was drafted in 2016.

Mitchell’s sweatshirt featured the definition of the word rookie, which is “an athlete playing in his or her first season as a member of a professional sports team.” Griffin, who was unanimously voted the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2011, cracked a funny joke about Mitchell’s wardrobe selection.

Griffin missed all of his first NBA season in 2009-10 after breaking his kneecap in the Clippers’ final preseason game. Obviously, his opinion on the Simmons situation is a bit of a biased one.

Simmons has already said he believes he should be named Rookie of the Year, and he had a funny response to Mitchell taking a shot at him on Tuesday.

Blake Griffin approves of Donte DiVincenzo’s MOP for funny reason

Blake Griffin is good with Donte DiVincenzo’s Most Outstanding Player award for a rather unique reason.

Griffin shouted out DiVincenzo on Twitter, making note of a redhead doing big things on the national stage.

Look, there are worse reasons to root a guy on. The gingers of the world deserve respect too, and with his 31-point performance in the title game, DiVincenzo has earned plaudits from Griffin and many others.

Just one problem: Griffin is a Detroit Piston now. Given that the Michigan Wolverines were on the wrong end of DiVincenzo’s exploits, that tweet may not go down well at home.

Mike D’Antoni jokes about Blake Griffin incident

Mike D'Antoni

Blake Griffin may be on a different team, but Mike D’Antoni still hasn’t forgotten about the little kerfuffle that they had back in January.

After his Houston Rockets topped Griffin’s Detroit Pistons 100-96 in overtime on Thursday, D’Antoni cracked a joke about their incident earlier in the season when Griffin was still a member of the LA Clippers. Here is what D’Antoni had to say, according to Adam Wexler of KPRC-TV in Houston:

While the Jan. 15 incident was largely overshadowed by the Rockets invading the Clippers locker room afterwards, Griffin and D’Antoni were caught up in some fairly heated hostilities with one another during their initial meeting.

D’Antoni was pretty incensed about the incident at the time. But with Griffin now in Detroit and the Rockets closing in on the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, it sounds like both sides are willing to let bygones be bygones.

Blake Griffin opens up about Clippers trading him

Blake Griffin likely believed he was going to be a Clipper for life when he signed a five-year, $171 contract with the team last summer, but things changed for him in a hurry. Now that he has had time to digest the trade that sent him to the Pistons, Griffin seems to be embracing the newest chapter of his career.

In a candid interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Griffin opened up about the Clippers’ surprising decision to trade him. While he insists he is not dwelling on it, there appear to be some hard feelings.

“I haven’t put much thought into it, to be honest. I’ve been so focused on making this transition and [adjusting] to this change that I haven’t put that much thought into it,” he said. “I never want to be in a place where I’m not wanted. Coming here made me realize what a franchise looks like.”

While he may have been trying to pay the Pistons a compliment, that last part seemed like more of an insult to the Clippers than anything. That said, it’s clear Griffin has enjoyed his time in Detroit thus far, even with the team’s playoff hopes evaporating.

“If I wasn’t happy with where I was at or excited to be here, it would take a little bit longer,” Griffin said. “But as soon as I got here to Detroit, the franchise, the way they go about taking care of the players, the way they do everything, is first-class. So, that makes the transition much easier. [Coach] Stan [Van Gundy] and the whole staff has been awesome. I’m not looking back.

Griffin acknowledged that the NBA is a business and that no one should ever feel like the exception, but he hinted on more than one occasion that he was misled by the Clippers.

“You always hear guys say that, ‘Basketball is a business,’ and all that,” Griffin said. “It’s so much different when you have had a relationship with a certain amount of people for so long and been at a place for so long. Someone always promises you this is what we are doing and six months later … It shows people’s true colors. Other than that, at the end of the day, you have to realize it’s a business.”

Regardless of what he says, Griffin has already given us a good indication of how he felt about the trade with the way he acted after his first game against his former team. When a franchise convinces you to sign an extension on the premise that you’re going to retire with them and have your number raised into the rafters, those feelings are natural.

DeAndre Jordan opens up about Blake Griffin trade

DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan is the last man standing in Clipper Land after Blake Griffin, his best friend on the team, was traded to the Detroit Pistons at the deadline. Now the All-Star center is offering some thoughts on the move.

In an interview with Michael Lee of Yahoo! Sports that was published on Friday, Jordan discussed the Clippers’ recent roster makeover.

“I don’t think anything is too dramatic about it,” said the three-time All-NBA selection. “It was a lot going on. But I just tried to keep my head and roll with whatever happened.”

Jordan then proceeded to comment specifically on Griffin’s departure.

“It sucks because we were teammates for nine years, but the organization decided to go in a different direction and do what’s best for the future of the organization,” he said. “We can only respect that and continue to try to win games. We’re still going to remain friends, I think.”

Jordan also stated in the interview that he is “focused” on the Clippers and is hoping to stay with them for “another ten years.”

As he hinted at, Jordan has been with the team for his entire ten-year career, nine of which were spent next to Griffin in the frontcourt. Jordan, who can become a free agent after this season, was himself dangled by the Clippers at the trade deadline but ultimately remained with the team. Based on this latest interview, it sounds like his relationship with the Clippers is still salvageable, but the same definitely cannot be said of Griffin.

Blake Griffin’s ex in lawsuit: He had ‘toxic’ relationship with Clippers teammates

Blake Griffin is being sued by the mother of his chldren for allegedly abandoning her a week before the former couple was supposed to get married, and the lawsuit the woman filed also contains some juicy information about Griffin’s time with the Clippers.

TMZ reports that Brynn Cameron has filed a palimony lawsuit against Griffin, claiming he is a bad father who has been “cruelly embarrassing his family with his public fawning over Kendall Jenner.” Griffin and Cameron have two children together and were engaged, but Cameron says the star forward called off the wedding at the last second when he became enamored with Jenner.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Valentine’s Day, states that Griffin promised Cameron he would support her and the couple’s two children and convinced her to quit her sports marketing job. The documents include love letters from Griffin thanking Cameron for “all the sacrifices” she has made.

“Cameron was not just the mother of Griffin’s children and their caregiver, she was also a constant support for Griffin — his personal assistant, meal planner, scheduler, stylist, publicist, party planner, nurse, nutritionist, branding expert, therapist, cheerleader, basketball and fitness consultant, and more,” the lawsuit states.

Cameron claims she and her children have been left “homeless and cash-strapped” while Griffin continues to make millions with his NBA salary and endorsement deals. The suit does not state a specific amount of money she is seeking, but it is in the millions.

And there’s some basketball stuff in there, too. Cameron claims in the documents that she advised Griffin on how to be a better leader with the Clippers when he had “mounting tension with Chris Paul” and was not getting along with his teammates. Here’s more:

She continued, “Griffin struggled to be viewed as a leader for the Clippers while Chris Paul was such a vocal presence in the locker room and the media — and was better known for his drive to win and dedication to both team building and family values.”

Brynn says she counseled Griffin to lead in his own way “by setting a standard for hard work.”

She also claims she helped Blake with his communication skills — including how to speak with teammates and coaches when issues would arise.

“The relationship between Griffin and other teammates had become so toxic River had to mediate disputes in private meetings with the players.”

“Griffin did not know how to handle confrontations and would go silent when things did not go his way. To change that dynamic, Cameron would coach Griffin on how to communicate his issues.”

Griffin has been spotted hanging around Jenner a lot over the past several months, but they have never made their relationship official. While they could be just close friends, it’s also possible that Griffin has tried his best to keep his personal life under wraps because of the drama building with his ex.

As we learned after Griffin and Cameron had their first child together, Cameron also has a son with a former NFL quarterback.