Blake Griffin
American professional basketball player
Blake Griffin
Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Griffin had a renowned high school career at Oklahoma Christian School, winning state titles each of his four years under his father, Tommy Griffin, who was the head coach.
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Griffin leads Clippers past Knicks after Oakley ejection
LATimes - 12 days
Blake Griffin scored a season-high 32 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the New York Knicks 119-115 on Wednesday night after former Knicks star Charles Oakley was ejected and arrested in the first quarter.  DeAndre Jordan added 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who rallied from...
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Clippers report: Blake Griffin records a double-double in return from injury
LATimes - 27 days
Blake Griffin eyed the basketball bouncing off rim, his path to the basket clear so he could take flight to flush home a two-handed follow dunk seconds before the first half was completed. The right knee that had inhibited Griffin to force surgery on Dec. 20 now appeared more than sound enough...
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Clippers forward Griffin set to return against 76ers
Yahoo News - 28 days
(Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is set to return from a lengthy injury layoff with coach Doc Rivers saying the 27-year-old will "most likely" play against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. The Clippers are 3-7 this season when playing without both Paul and Griffin.
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Paul to miss 6-8 weeks after thumb surgery
Yahoo News - about 1 month
(Reuters) - Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb and is expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks, the team announced on Tuesday. Paul, who will undergo the operation on Wednesday, was hurt during the first half of the Clippers’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. The Clippers (29-14) have been hit hard by injuries this season and are awaiting the return of All Star forward Blake Griffin, who has missed the last 15 games with a knee injury.
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Clippers' Blake Griffin appears to be on track for return from surgery
LATimes - about 1 month
Clippers forward Blake Griffin has started to increase his workload as he prepares to return from right-knee surgery. Before the Clippers played the Lakers on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center, Griffin participated in sprinting and shooting drills that took him all around the court. The Clippers...
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NBA-Jordan emerges as backbone of title-hungry Clippers
Yahoo News - about 1 month
By Jahmal Corner LOS ANGELES, Jan 13 (Reuters) - After years of playing the third wheel in a trio of standouts DeAndre Jordan has quietly become the backbone of a Los Angeles Clippers team eager to keep their window of contention from slamming shut. With Chris Paul aging and Blake Griffin ailing, it's Jordan's seven-foot disruption in the paint that is now the franchise's most dependable asset. "(Jordan) is a beast," Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel told reporters after his team's loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.
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Garnett signs on as Clippers consultant
Yahoo News - about 1 month
(Reuters) - Retired NBA center Kevin Garnett has been hired by the Los Angeles Clippers as a consultant to work with the team's big men like center DeAndre Jordan and forward Blake Griffin, the team said on Tuesday. Garnett, 40, spent time with the Clippers during a recent training camp, having retired from the NBA before the beginning of the season. "I think when he's here, it's important for our bigs to take advantage of him being out here on the floor, because he brings so much to the table and has so much to offer for the game of basketball," Clippers assistant coach Mike Woodson told reporters.
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The Clippers' offense is different without Blake Griffin, and it's not necessarily a bad thing
LATimes - 2 months
It was just one play in a game full of emphatic dunks, backbreaking threes and the kind of moments that make the Clippers such a flammable team. And it wasn’t nearly as exciting as any of that.  But it once again illustrated an important fact about these Clippers: They are a much different offensive...
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NBA Clippers' Griffin to have knee surgery
Yahoo News - 2 months
Los Angeles Clippers player Blake Griffin will undergo surgery on his right knee this week and is expected to be sidelined until at least January. The Clippers announced Monday that the arthroscopic procedure would remove loose material from his knee and added the 27-year-old Griffin is expected to miss three to six weeks. Griffin has struggled recently with left calf and knee soreness.
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Clippers' Blake Griffin could undergo knee surgery, miss 3-6 weeks
LATimes - 2 months
The Clippers are deciding whether Blake Griffin will undergo arthroscopic surgery in his right knee. The surgery would be to remove loose bodies in the knee, which can be small fragments of cartilage or bone. The recovery time for the surgery would be three to six weeks.  Griffin, who leads the...
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Sources: NBA, players plan to form wearables committee as part of new CBA
ABC News - 2 months
As part of the tentative new collective bargaining agreement, ESPN sources indicate there are plans to form a wearables committee staffed by league officials and players' union representatives who will manage and regulate the use of biometrics and biometric data of players. In what has become a hot-button issue, the NBA has seen a rise in star players being rested for regular-season games. On Wednesday night, a barrage of big names, including LeBron James, Kevin Love, DeMarcus Cousins, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kyrie Irving, did not play in scheduled games to rest. So far this season, Blake Griffin, John Wall, Joel Embiid and others have sat at least one game as a healthy scratch. The data devices could be used to manage those workloads and track exertion levels more precisely. Bloomberg first reported the forming of the advisory committee. In April, ESPN.com reported that the ...
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Five takeaways from the Clippers' 133-105 win over the Pelicans
LATimes - 2 months
The Clippers (17-7) turned an underwhelming game into a 113-105 win over the New Orleans Pelicans (7-17) at Staples Center on Saturday night. The Clippers were without power forward Blake Griffin — the team expects him to be back in action on Monday — and the Pelicans rested star power forward...
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Clippers still trying to determine if Blake Griffin will play against New Orleans
LATimes - 2 months
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Friday that it will be a game-time decision whether Blake Griffin will play Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans. Before members of the media were escorted out of the early morning practice, Griffin, who is dealing with issues with his right knee, could be seen...
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End The Ban On Marijuana In Sports
Huffington Post - 2 months
In the last week we've heard from NBA legend Phil Jackson and Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talking about their own marijuana use and how they think professional sports leagues like the NBA and NFL should change their marijuana policies. Marijuana should not be a banned substance in professional sports. Marijuana is legal for medical use in 28 states and recreational use in 8 states plus Washington D.C., yet it is a banned substance in most professional sports and athletes are not allowed to use it. It is time for the sports world to catch up with the times and adopt more rational marijuana policies. The National Football League (NFL) is the clearest example of a backwards marijuana policy. The NFL ignores the medicinal benefits of marijuana, most notably its ability to treat chronic pain, and that comes with the territory of being a professional football player. Instead, prescription opioid painkillers are the preferred treatment method. Former Pro-Bo ...
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Five takeaways from the Clippers' 114-96 win over the Pelicans
LATimes - 3 months
The Clippers beat the Pelicans, 114-96, on Friday night in New Orleans. Here are five things we learned: 1. Since getting a game off for rest, Blake Griffin has been playing at a high level. He was on top of his game Friday night against the Pelicans, scoring 27 points on 12-for-22 shooting. He...
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Clippers' Blake Griffin hampered by 'some swelling'
LATimes - 3 months
Every few seconds while Blake Griffin stood in the locker room talking to the media after the Clippers’ surprising loss to the Indiana Pacers, he shifted his weight off his right leg. During the game, Griffin had worn a black sleeve on his right leg with a small compression pad on his knee for...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Blake Griffin
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In January 2016, Griffin injured his hand in a fight with the team's equipment manager at a Toronto restaurant, with whom he has been close friends for years.
    More Details Hide Details The injury was a spiral fracture, which ruled him out four to six weeks. Griffin started a fundraiser called "Dunking for Dollars", in which he donates $100 to fight childhood obesity for every dunk he makes during the season. The Kia sedan that Griffin jumped over to win the Slam Dunk Contest was donated for a charity auction on AutoTrader.com with proceeds benefiting Stand Up to Cancer. Stand Up to Cancer also has a fund-raising site called "Team Blake" in honor of Griffin's close friend Wilson Holloway, who died after a three-year fight with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
  • 2015
    On November 25, 2015, Griffin recorded season highs with 40 points and 12 rebounds in a loss to the Utah Jazz, with the Clippers dropping to 7–8 after starting the season 4–0.
    More Details Hide Details On December 26, he was ruled out indefinitely with a partially torn left quadriceps. While expected to return to action on January 26, Griffin was instead ruled out for an estimated four to six weeks due to a right hand injury he sustained on January 23 from hitting a member of the team's equipment staff, who was also his friend, during an argument at a restaurant in Toronto. The Clippers were sternly critical of Griffin, and indicated that further punitive action would follow. According to the Toronto Police Service, a police report was not filed. Griffin missed 45 games in total due to injury and suspension, returning to action for the Clippers on April 3 against the Washington Wizards. He played 24 minutes as a starter and recorded six points and five rebounds to help the Clippers clinch home-court advantage in the playoffs with a 114–109 win. He appeared in five of the Clippers' final seven games of the regular season, and managed to appear in the first four first-round playoff games against the Portland Trail Blazers before aggravating the left quad injury in Game 4, which ruled him out for the rest of the postseason.
    On February 8, 2015, he was ruled out for four to six weeks due to a staph infection in his right elbow.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to action on March 15 after missing 15 games to record 11 points and 11 rebounds in a 100-98 loss to the Houston Rockets. Griffin finished the regular season averaging 21.9 points, a career-low 7.6 rebounds, and a career-high 5.3 assists in 67 games. On April 22, Griffin recorded his first career playoff triple-double with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a first round game 2 series loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Four days later in Game 4, Griffin recorded a playoff career-high 19 rebounds and with 20 points helped the Clippers even the series at 2-2. In the series' Game 7 victory on May 2 that moved the Clippers into the second round, Griffin recorded his second career playoff triple-double with 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. Two days later in Game 1 of the Clippers' semi-final match-up against the Houston Rockets, Griffin recorded 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists for his second straight triple-double to lift the Clippers to a 117-101 victory. The Clippers ended up losing the series to the Rockets in seven games.
  • 2014
    On December 8, 2014, Griffin scored a season-high 45 points on 14-of-24 shooting, including a game-winning three-pointer as time expired, as the Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns in one overtime, 121-120.
    More Details Hide Details This was Griffin's first career game-winning buzzer beater. It gave the Clippers their eighth straight win.
    On April 21, 2014, Griffin scored a playoff career-high 35 points in a win over Golden State.
    More Details Hide Details The Clippers would eventually beat the Warriors in 7 games in the midst of the Donald Sterling controversy. They would then lose to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the conference semi-finals. Griffin was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the third straight year, whilst also finishing the season third in the MVP voting. After the controversial remarks from former Clippers owner Donald Sterling, NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the league for life and forced him to sell the Clippers. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer later bought the Clippers for $2 billion, the largest amount paid for a franchise in NBA history.
    On April 2, 2014, Griffin and Chris Paul led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 112-108 win over the Phoenix Suns to clinch their second franchise division title.
    More Details Hide Details The next day, Griffin recorded his fourth career triple-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a 107-113 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The Los Angeles Clippers finished with a franchise-best record of 57-25 and earned the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They would be matched up with the Golden State Warriors in the first round.
  • 2013
    On March 6, 2013, Griffin recorded his third career triple-double by scoring 23 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and dishing out 11 assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
    More Details Hide Details Griffin finished the season averaging 18. ppg and 8.3 rpg in 32.5 mpg. He and Chris Paul led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 56-26 record as the Clippers won their first Pacific Division title in franchise history. The Clippers went on to lose to the Memphis Grizzlies in six games in the first round. Griffin was named to the All-NBA Second Team once again. After a disappointing first round exit in the playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers sought new leadership and hired head coach Doc Rivers. In his first season with Rivers at the helm, Griffin averaged a career-high 24.1 points per game. He was voted as a starter in the NBA All-Star Game, making it his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third consecutive start. From January 20 to March 26, Griffin recorded 20+ points in a franchise-record 31 straight games.
    Griffin was again voted by the fans as a starter for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.
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  • 2012
    He was also selected to compete for Team USA in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, but was removed after he injured his knee during a practice.
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    Before the 2012–13 NBA season, on July 10, 2012, Griffin signed a contract extension reportedly worth $95 million for 5 years.
    More Details Hide Details The deal will keep him under contract until the end of the 2017–18 season.
    In the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, Griffin helped the Clippers eliminate the Memphis Grizzlies in seven games.
    More Details Hide Details However, the Los Angeles Clippers were quickly swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the next round. Afterwards, Griffin was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the first time in his career.
    Griffin was voted to play as a starter for the first time in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game along with new teammate Chris Paul.
    More Details Hide Details He was also selected to participate in the inaugural Rising Stars Challenge in which teams were a mix of the top rookies and sophomores. Griffin was selected first by Team Shaq. Griffin averaged another double-double on the lockout-shortened season with 20.7 ppg and 10.9 rpg. He and teammate Chris Paul helped lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 40-26 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
  • 2011
    On March 23, 2011, in a double overtime win over the Washington Wizards, Griffin recorded his first career triple-double with 33 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 assists.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded his second triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in the final game of the season against the Memphis Grizzlies. During the season, Griffin captured all six of the Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors, the first time a rookie has swept an entire season of Rookie of the Month awards since Chris Paul during the 2005–06 season. He played in all 82 regular season games and became the first rookie to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds since Elton Brand did it in the 1999–2000 season. He led all rookies in points, rebounds, and double-doubles, earning him the Rookie of the Year award, and was the first unanimous winner for the award since David Robinson in 1990. He was also the only unanimous selection to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Following his phenomenal rookie season, Sports Illustrated listed Griffin as one of the "NBA's 15 Greatest Rookies of All Time".
    He also participated in the 2011 Rookie Challenge and won the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest during the All-Star break.
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    Griffin was voted to the 2011 NBA All-Star Game by coaches as a reserve on the Western Conference squad, becoming the first rookie to play in the All-Star game since Yao Ming in 2003 and the first rookie voted to the game by coaches since Tim Duncan in 1998.
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  • 2010
    On November 11, 2010, Griffin scored a then career-high 44 points against the New York Knicks and on January 17, 2011 against the Indiana Pacers, he scored a new career-high 47 points and set a Clippers franchise record for most points by a rookie.
    More Details Hide Details He became the first rookie to have two 40+ point games in his rookie season since Allen Iverson during the 1996–97 season.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    The day before the 2009–10 season started, it was confirmed that Griffin had a stress fracture in his left knee, delaying his NBA debut for seven weeks.
    More Details Hide Details After resting the stress fracture for several weeks, tests revealed that his knee was not recovering properly. In January 2010, Griffin had surgery on his broken left kneecap causing him to miss the remainder of the 2009–10 season. Since he missed the entire 2009–10 season, Griffin was still considered a rookie during the 2010–11 season. In his NBA debut, against the Portland Trail Blazers, Griffin registered 20 points and 14 rebounds. He set a franchise record for most consecutive double-doubles with 23 in a home game against the Golden State Warriors. His streak of consecutive double-doubles, which ended at 27 games on January 19 in a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves, was the longest rookie double-double streak since 1968.
    He was selected as the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details Griffin played for the Clippers' Summer League Team and was named Summer League MVP. In their final preseason game, he injured his kneecap as he landed after a dunk.
    On April 7, 2009, Griffin announced that he would give up his final two years of eligibility and declared for the NBA draft after his sophomore year.
    More Details Hide Details A press conference announcing his decision was aired nationally on ESPNews.
    Griffin had a renowned high school career at Oklahoma Christian School, winning state titles each of his four years under his father, head coach Tommy Griffin. Griffin played two seasons of college ball for the Sooners before entering the 2009 NBA draft, when he was selected by the Clippers.
    More Details Hide Details During the final pre-season game of 2009, he broke his left kneecap, had surgery, and missed the entire 2009–10 season. Griffin made his NBA debut as a rookie the following season, in which he was selected as an All-Star, won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year. In 2011, Sports Illustrated called him one of the NBA's 15 Greatest Rookies of All Time.
    Griffin was selected first overall by the Clippers in the 2009 NBA draft, and has since been a five-time NBA All-Star and a four-time All-NBA selection.
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  • 2008
    He was expected to be a lottery pick in the 2008 NBA draft but decided to return to college to give himself time to mature physically and to try to help Oklahoma win the NCAA championship.
    More Details Hide Details In Griffin's sophomore season, the Sooners started out the season winning their first 12 games before falling to the Arkansas Razorbacks. In the third game of the season, in a win against the Davidson Wildcats, he scored 25 points and grabbed 21 rebounds. The very next game, he had 35 points and 21 rebounds against Gardner–Webb, becoming the first player in Big 12 history to record back-to-back games of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. This earned him three consecutive Big 12 player of the week honors and finished the season with a record-tying six player of the week honors. In a home victory against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, he set career bests for both points and rebounds with 40 points and 23 rebounds, becoming the only player in Big 12 history and the third player in the history of the University of Oklahoma men's basketball program to record at least 40 points and 20 rebounds in a game, joining Wayman Tisdale (61 points and 22 rebounds in 1983) and Alvan Adams (43 points and 25 rebounds in 1975).
    The injury this time was torn cartilage, and he had arthroscopic surgery on March 2, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He missed the following game, a victory over in-state rival Oklahoma State Cowboys, but was back on the court a week after the injury with 14 points and 8 rebounds in a win versus Missouri. Griffin was a first-team all-district pick by the USBWA and NABC, and was named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team and to the first-team All-Big 12 selection by league coaches and Associated Press. He became the first Sooner to make the conference All-Rookie team since Wayman Tisdale in 1983 for the Big Eight Conference.
  • 2007
    On March 10, 2007, he played his final high school game in the state title game against Pawnee High School.
    More Details Hide Details Griffin registered 22 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks, as the Saints defeated Pawnee 81–50, winning their fourth straight state title. He was named the Class 2A state tournament MVP for the second consecutive year after averaging 26.6 points per game in the tournament. During his four-year run, the Oklahoma Christian Saints posted a 106–6 overall record. Following Griffin's senior year, he was named the Player of the Year by both the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman. He was also named to the Oklahoma Boys All-State First Team, EA Sports All-American Second Team and Parade All-American Third Team. Additionally, he was the Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year and was selected to the McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand All-America teams. At the McDonald's All-American game in Louisville, Kentucky, he won the Powerade Jam Fest slam dunk contest. He was ranked as the nation's 13th best high school senior by HoopScoop, 20th by scout.com and 23rd by rivals.com. HoopScoop also rated him as the country's third-best power forward while Rivals.com ranked him sixth and was seventh according to Scout.com.
  • 2005
    During the summer of 2005, Blake was a member of the Athletes First AAU team, where he played against Kevin Durant and Ty Lawson's AAU team, the DC Blue Devils.
    More Details Hide Details During Griffin's junior season, the Oklahoma Christian basketball team was moved down to Class 2A from Class 3A. As he began his third season with the Saints, he was quickly developing as a player, as he led them to a third straight state championship. He scored 22 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and recorded 6 blocks in the finals as Oklahoma Christian defeated Washington High School, 57–40. He was named the state tournament MVP, and the Saints finished the season 27–1, with Griffin averaging 21.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. For his efforts, he was named The Oklahoman Player of the Year and to the Tulsa World Boys All-State First Team. His play attracted the attention of the new basketball head coach for Oklahoma, Jeff Capel, who first heard of him through his brother, Taylor. That spring, Capel saw him play for the first time and was quickly impressed. Capel liked the fact that Griffin had not yet become a household name among recruiters and felt he was exactly the player he needed to rebuild the Oklahoma men's basketball program with. Griffin had been considering Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Texas, but his brother eventually sold him on joining Oklahoma when he raved about the direction of the Sooners and the chance to play together again for his home state.
  • 2003
    In 2003, Griffin followed his brother to Oklahoma Christian School, where they played under their father, head coach Tommy Griffin. They played together during the 2003–04 and 2004–05 high school seasons, winning two state basketball championships.
    More Details Hide Details In his freshman year, the Oklahoma Christian Saints posted a perfect 29–0 season and won the Class 3A boys state championship game at the State Fair Arena against Riverside Indian School, 55–50. In Griffin's sophomore year, the Saints repeated as Class 3A state champions, defeating Sequoyah-Tahlequah 51–34, where he scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The team finished the season with a 24–2 record, with Griffin averaging 13.6 points per game. He was later named to the Little All-City All-State team in what was his final high school season with his brother. Taylor went on to accept a scholarship to play college basketball for the Oklahoma Sooners.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Griffin was born on March 16, 1989, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Tommy, who is of Afro-Haitian descent, and Gail Griffin, who is white.
    More Details Hide Details His father was a basketball center and track standout at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Griffin and his older brother, Taylor Griffin, were home-schooled by their mother from first grade until Taylor was in the tenth grade and Blake was in eighth. Growing up, Griffin was good friends with Sam Bradford, the future NFL quarterback. Bradford's father owned a gym where Blake and Taylor played basketball. Before deciding to focus on basketball, Griffin also played baseball as a first baseman and football as a wide receiver, safety, and tight end.
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