He’s been a dominant force at every level. Now, Blake Griffin is taking Tinseltown by storm.
The first overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, Griffin is exactly what the struggling Los Angeles Clippers need. He is a highlight reel every time he steps on the court, with nightly thunderous dunks and powerful moves that seem unreal. The Clippers are now somewhat relevant and it’s all because of Griffin.
However, the attention is nothing new to Griffin. He won state titles all four years he played at Oklahoma Christian School with his father as the head coach. He then joined his brother Taylor at The University of Oklahoma, where he became a national force during his two years as a Sooner. As a sophomore, Griffin was named the Naismith College Player of the Year and also awarded the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the John Wooden Award.
It wasn’t an easy start for Griffin after the draft. The power forward suffered a knee injury during a preseason game, wiping out what would have been his rookie year. It seemed like the Clippers curse struck again. However, Griffin wasn’t letting that happen, undergoing successful surgery and rehabilitation only to come back stronger than ever. Griffin suffered knee injuries playing at OU, so he knew how to bounce back.
This year, which is officially his rookie year, Griffin is averaging 22.8 points and 12.7 boards a game for the Clippers. The scary thing is he is only 21 and still learning. The sky is the limit and Los Angeles is the launching pad.
The Clippers are a young team that is still trying to find its way. I remain convinced as long as Donald Sterling is the owner, the franchise will continue to barely trend water. But that’s an entirely different subject, one the NBA should consider looking into.
In the meantime, the Blake Show will continue to play, and this production doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon.
Written by C. James