The Los Angeles Clippers had visions of winning multiple championships when they acquired Chris Paul in 2011 and paired him with Blake Griffin, but they never advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs. Injuries and opponents played a big role in that, but there are plenty of people who feel Paul and Griffin could have done a better job of coexisting. Does CP3 agree?
In a recent appearance on the “All the Smoke” podcast with Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, Paul reflected on the six seasons he spent with the Clippers. CP3 admitted that he had his “issues” with Griffin, and the star point guard said he didn’t truly appreciate the situation until “Lob City” came to an end when Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets in 2017.
“It’s seriously one of those things you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone,” Paul said, as transcribed by Ashish Mathur of Clutch Points. “I think about it at times. And me and Blake Griffin absolutely had our issues here and there, but I actually appreciated Blake probably a lot more after I left.”
As players, Paul and Griffin were in many ways the perfect compliment to one another. The team enjoyed plenty of success during the regular season with six straight postseason appearances and a winning percentage of .600 or better each year, but former Clippers players have said the dynamic between Griffin and CP3 complicated things.
The “Lob City” era in LA is another reminder that it takes more than a collection of superstar players to win championships. Both Paul and Griffin would likely do things differently if they could turn the clock back a decade.
The first step to solving any problem is identifying that there is, in fact, a problem. The Detroit Pistons recognized their roster was not set up for long-term success and attempted to remedy the situation in February by trading away their franchise mainstay, Andre Drummond, which signaled the beginning of a rebuild. The initial reaction around the league after the Pistons traded Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Brandon Knight, John Henson, and a second-round draft was one of bewilderment.
There was no confusion as to why the Pistons would trade Drummond; in his first seven seasons with the Pistons, the team never advanced past the first round of the playoffs. The puzzling part of the trade was that on the open market, the two-time All-Star, and three-time rebounding champion, was worth no more than a single second-round pick and two journeymen veterans on contracts that made the finances of the deal work.
Drummond’s lack of trade value furthers the ideology of the limited impact that a traditional paint-bound center can have in the modern NBA. Post-up, rebounding centers, like Drummond, were once thought of as the necessary ingredient in any championship recipe. 2,495 3-pointers later, Chef Curry has cooked up a new recipe for success. The analytics approach to basketball has led to more spacing and, subsequently, more 3-point shots. The Pistons recognized that they would never become an elite offense with Drummond as their fulcrum.
Trading Drummond not only represented a stylistic overhaul for the Pistons but also conveyed their willingness to escape the self-induced purgatory they have been stuck in for the entirety of the Drummond era. By trading Drummond, the Pistons ensured that he could not pick up his player option this summer, worth approximately $28 million. But the trade was not solely predicated on finances, as it was not long ago when the Pistons believed that they could construct a contending roster around Drummond.
To properly understand why the Pistons were willing to part with Drummond for such an insignificant return, it is paramount to examine the 2018 blockbuster trade in which the Pistons acquired Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers.
Blake Griffin has appeared in just 18 games this season after experiencing discomfort in his surgically-repaired knee, and the Detroit Pistons star will now be out indefinitely after undergoing another procedure.
The Pistons announced on Tuesday that Griffin had arthroscopic surgery in his left knee and will undergo an “extended rehabilitation period.” No timetable has been set for his return.
The #Pistons announced today that forward Blake Griffin underwent a successful arthroscopic debridement of his left knee.
The Pistons said recently that they were not considering shutting Griffin down for the season, but it would not be a surprise if we have seen the last of him until next year. The six-time All-Star had surgery on the same knee during the offseason and has had issues with it throughout the year.
Griffin is averaging just 15.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, which would both be career-worst marks for him. The Pistons are 13-24 this season, and the rumblings about them entering a rebuild will continue to increase now that Griffin could be out for the year.
Blake Griffin’s disappointing 2019-20 season could be coming to a fairly early end.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Detroit Pistons forward is set to visit a specialist this week in Los Angeles and is considering the possibility of undergoing season-ending knee surgery.
Griffin had surgery on his left knee during the offseason, but it has continued to trouble him well into the regular season. He’s played in just 18 games and hasn’t looked like himself during them, averaging 15.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Both of those marks would be career worsts.
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.
“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.
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 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.
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.
The Pistons announced Blake Griffin will not travel to Indiana while continuing a treatment and conditioning regimen for left hamstring and posterior knee soreness. He will be re-evaluated for a return to action the first week of November.
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.
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.
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.