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.
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 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.