Tag:Blake Griffin
Posted on: October 27, 2009 6:56 am
Edited on: October 27, 2009 7:03 am

Griffin, like Bradford, now sidelined

The reigning National Player of the Year has a broken kneecap .

He'll miss Tuesday's NBA opener.

And has this been a bad year for Oklahoma stars or what?

First, Sam Bradford's post-Heisman campaign began with an injured shoulder that will be surgically repaired Wednesday . Now Blake Griffin will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks (around 20 games) after breaking his kneecap in the Clippers' final exhibition. So the odds are clearly stacked against Willie Warren, OU's next great one. He better hope the all-bad-things-happen-in-threes rule doesn't apply to Sooners (and look both ways before crossing any road).

Seriously, it's a rough deal.

Griffin had been tremendous this preseason while averaging 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds.

No question, he was going to be the NBA Rookie of the Year.

And he still might.

But his pro career is now officially off to a bad start.

And another Sooner is now unfortunately on the mend.
Category: NBA
Posted on: June 24, 2009 2:07 am

Griffin split games of HORSE with the Subway dude

Former Oklahoma star Blake Griffin is making the rounds in New York this week, doing loads of promotional appearances in advance of Thursday night's draft. On Tuesday, he even found time to play that fat-guy-turned-skinny-guy from Subway in a game of H-O-R-S-E.

Or S-U-B-W-A-Y, actually.

And thank God, it was caught on tape.

(Click this link to check it out.)

According to Jared from Subway (who is still looking good, by the way), the sandwich seller (Jared) and Clipper savior (Blake) split a couple of games. And though this is startling, it should not be considered a big deal because A) Griffin won't make his millions shooting, and B) Jared isn't someone Griffin is likely to face in the Western Conference (unless the Grizzlies sign Jared to a 10-day contract, which is more likely than you think.)

Later Tuesday, Griffin appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon , at which point it became apparent that Fallon follows college basketball about as much as most people follow his TV show, which is to say not at all. He seemed shocked to learn that Blake has a brother named Taylor who also played at Oklahoma. Then Fallon challenged Blake to an awkward dunk contest and predictably lost.

So to recap: Blake Griffin dunks better than Jimmy Fallon but is a comparable shooter to Jared from Subway.

Consider than your official scouting report.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 7, 2009 2:07 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2009 2:08 pm

No surprise: Griffin will enter NBA Draft

DETROIT -- Blake Griffin will hold a news conference later Tuesday to announce his intention to enter the NBA Draft.

"(There will be) no surprises," a source close to the OU program told CBSSports.com early Tuesday. Consequently, Griffin has played his final game for the Sooners, who rode the CBSSports.com National Player of the Year to the Elite Eight of this season's NCAA tournament.

Griffin averaged 22.7 points and a nation-leading 14.4 rebounds as a sophomore.

The 6-foot-10 forward will almost certainly be the No. 1 pick in June's NBA Draft.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 6, 2009 2:14 pm

Dear Gary (on Blake Griffin's future plans)

Here's Friday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Congratulations to Blake Griffin (for winning the straw poll). I heard he is staying. Is that true?

-- Killac


Stay where?

At best, Griffin will stay at Oklahoma for another six or eight weeks. After that, he'll be gone, and if somebody really told you otherwise you should stop listening to them. Forever. Because they don't know what they're talking about.

Posted on: March 5, 2009 11:12 pm

Straw poll favors Griffin (and by a wide margin)

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Michael Rothstein conducted his final straw poll for National Player of the Year.

Predictably, the winner was Oklahoma's  Blake Griffin.

But would you believe it was unanimous?

Thirty-five writers from around the country -- including yours truly -- were asked to submit a ballot featuring three players, and all 35 ballots had Griffin at the top. Davidson's Stephen Curry finished second; Pitt's DeJuan Blair was third. That's exactly how my ballot looked, for those wondering. To see the full results, just click this link .

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 25, 2009 11:14 pm

Griffin still waiting to be cleared

Blake Griffin met with doctors again Wednesday and even shot a little, but the Oklahoma star still has not been cleared to return to contact drills or live action, OU coach Jeff Capel told CBSSports.com late Wednesday night.

"Right now we still have no clue (if he'll play Saturday against Texas Tech)," Capel said by phone. "It takes time, and we're not going to do anything to rush it. We want him to be OK before he plays again or before we even put him in a position to practice with us again."

Griffin suffered a concussion in the first half of Saturday's loss at Texas, then missed Monday's loss at Kansas that dropped the Sooners' record to 25-3 overall, 11-2 in the Big 12. The 6-foot-10 sophomore is the overwhelming favorite to be the National Player of the Year and top pick in June's NBA Draft, but for now he's still sidelined with lingering effects from a freak mishap.

"He's getting better," Capel said. "But it's a slow process, and we don't want to speed it up."

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 15, 2009 11:18 am
Edited on: February 15, 2009 11:26 am

Is Thabeet making a run at Griffin?

As this season rolls along, you just watch, the conversation about who should be the National Player of the Year -- not to mention the top pick in June's NBA Draft -- is going to intensify primarily because people are starting to recognize the impact Hasheem Thabeet has on both ends of the court. That 25-point, 20-rebound, nine-block performance Saturday against Seton Hall certainly helped. But the biggest thing aiding the Connecticut junior is how opposing Big East coaches are singing his praises, one after another.

The other day, it was Jim Boeheim.

This weekend, it was Bobby Gonzalez.

"I don't know ... a more dominant guy than him in the country," Gonzalez said after his Pirates lost to UConn. "He, to me, is the No. 1 player in America. ... If I was an NBA franchise I would take him No. 1 in the draft."

In other words, watch out Blake Griffin.

Hasheem Thabeet is coming for you!

The 7-foot-3 center is now averaging 13.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.4 blocks for the No. 1 team in the country while Griffin is averaging 22.8 points, 14.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks for the No. 2 team.

My suggestion: Let them decide it in the NCAA tournament.

Preferably, in the national title game.

Against each other.

Posted on: February 12, 2009 3:11 pm

Griffin leading straw poll for Player of the Year

Blake Griffin is running away with the National Player of the Year award.

That's what the results of a straw poll conducted by Michael Rothstein show. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writer reached out to 55 media members from across the country (myself included), and 51 of them placed Griffin at the top of their ballot (myself included).

The top three in order were ...

1. Blake Griffin (Oklahoma)

2. Stephen Curry (Davidson)

3. Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina)

Click this link to see the full results.

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