Blake Griffin from the Detroit Pistons made his first appearance at Staples Center, as the enemy. Griffin previously played nearly 8 seasons with the LA Clippers before being traded to the motor city. I know, he would’ve played the LA Lakers in the same spot, but this time it’s different.
Back in 2009, when he entered the NBA as a 20-year-old supernova, he cultivated his Clipper fan base and gave his team hope to become a serious contender in the West. The Clippers tried and tried again, but nothing came to fruition. But now that he’s got a fresh new start, the superstar feels like he doesn’t need to be, so, relevant, as he previously was in LA.
Blake tried his hand at stand up comedy, got featured in prime time TV ads, and received so many dollars in endorsement deals. He was the hottest property in the NBA. But now being shipped off to Detroit, people are cornered in only focusing on his basketball, rather pairing it with his entertainment. Right now, Griffin is having an All-Star season, averaging 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Not too shabby if you ask me.
However, Griffin’s return last night was dampened by the Pistons’ 113-100 defeat to the Lakers. This would become Detroit’s eighth loss in 10 games. But the real kicker for Griffin will be Saturday afternoon when the Pistons face up against the Clippers. It will undoubtedly be one of the most emotional days of his professional life, and one can only hope that Blake can give that faithful Clipper crowd a show, once more.
Catch you Monday.