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.
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 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.
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.
Blake Griffin has generated the most surprising stat of the 2019 NBA playoffs.
Despite not playing in a game yet this postseason due to a knee injury, Griffin has been called for two technical fouls in the Detroit Pistons’ first round series with the Milwaukee Bucks while sitting on the bench.
Griffin was called for a technical foul in Game 1 of the series on Sunday. He was called for another tech in Game 2 after complaining about the referees.
The two technical fouls in two games ties Griffin with Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley for the NBA postseason lead. Seven technical fouls accumulated in a single postseason triggers a suspension. Given the way the series has gone for Detroit, Griffin might not even have the opportunity to be suspended if his team gets swept.
The Pistons lost Game 1 by 35 points and fell in Game 2 by 21. They head home to Detroit for Game 3 on Saturday.
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin is a serious doubt for the remainder of the team’s first round series, but he does not want to sit out.
Griffin missed Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Milwaukee Bucks with a knee injury, and according to coach Dwane Casey, he’s pushing to play despite the advice of the medical staff.
We already know that Griffin would have played in the series opener if it was his decision. Ultimately, though, the Pistons are not going to overrule the medical staff, and as long as that remains the case, it is unlikely that we’ll see him on the floor in the series.
Blake Griffin did not play in Sunday’s Game 1 of the Detroit Pistons’ first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks due to a knee injury, and the Pistons paid the price.
Detroit lost 121-86 and never looked competitive in the game. Griffin had to watch as a spectator as his team was beat badly, and he didn’t like it.
After the defeat, Griffin said he would play if it were up to him.
“If it was my decision, I would’ve played” Griffin said, via ESPN’s Malika Andrews.
Griffin missed four of the Pistons’ final seven games in the regular season due to his knee injury. Griffin’s head coach said that the knee injury couldn’t get worse from playing, but that must not be the case. If it were, then Griffin would be out there playing.
It’s hard to see the Detroit Pistons making much noise in the NBA playoffs, but it’s even harder to see it happening without Blake Griffin.
Griffin, who has been bothered by a knee injury down the stretch, will not play in Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks, according to coach Dwane Casey. He is still considered day-to-day.
Griffin hasn’t played since the first half of Detroit’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies last Tuesday. He sat out the season finale against the New York Knicks on Wednesday, so he had nearly a full week of rest. It’s concerning that it still wasn’t enough to have him ready for the playoff opener.
Previously, it was stated that Griffin couldn’t make things worse by playing through the injury. The fact that he’s not ready for the playoffs indicates just how severe things are.
The first round of the NBA playoffs gets under way this weekend. While the heavy favorites are expected to have little trouble, that doesn’t mean there’s no intrigue. There are plenty of things worth watching in the opening round of the playoffs. That includes a lot of star players, some favored and some not, who will have a lot of say in whether their teams advance.
Here is a look at ten key players worth watching as the first round gets underway.
Joel Embiid, C, 76ers
The lingering question is whether Embiid is healthy. He has left knee pain, and the updates he’s given haven’t exactly been encouraging. The fact is, for the Sixers to make a deep playoff run, they need Embiid to be healthy, or at least capable of playing like he’s healthy. A first-round matchup against Brooklyn will allow everyone to see exactly where Embiid is and what he’s capable of, which could inform a lot of Philadelphia’s expectations moving forward.
Blake Griffin, F, Pistons
Griffin is another star big man who simply isn’t healthy. Troubled by a bad knee, he actually sat out the Pistons’ final regular season game, which was essentially a must-win to get in the playoffs. That shows just how severe Griffin’s situation is. The Pistons would be heavy underdogs against the Milwaukee Bucks even with a healthy Griffin, and they don’t really have a chance without him at full strength. How much his knee limits him, if it allows him to play at all, is worth watching.
The Detroit Pistons are fighting to get into the playoffs, and they’ve subjected themselves to some questions by using a hobbled Blake Griffin to do it.
Griffin is battling left knee soreness and was clearly hobbled in Sunday’s loss, going just 5-of-18 from the field. The situation is severe enough that he sat out three consecutive games despite the Pistons being right in the middle of a playoff race.
So why isn’t he sitting more? According to coach Dwane Casey, Griffin’s knee issue has reached the point where it’s simply not going to get any worse if he plays through it.
Griffin has a lengthy history of knee injuries, which makes this so concerning. He’s also Detroit’s most important player, and the franchise has only made the playoffs once in the last decade. They don’t want to miss out, even if they’re not really contenders to go beyond the first round.