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February 16, 2012

Do You Even Care? Clippers Superstar Doesn’t Share Our Excitement

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Written by: bryangraham
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Blake Griffin








I couldn’t list the top 20 athletes in the world. Wouldn’t even try it. I’m sure there are athletes all over the world who play football, soccer or participate in track & field that would make the list. I am certain that one athlete on everyone’s list wears number 32 for the Los Angeles Clippers.

No, that’s not a typo. The Los Angeles Clippers.

6 foot 10 inch Blake Griffin is a once-in-a-generation type athlete that has taken one of the most laughable franchises in sports, and turned them into one of the most entertaining teams in the league.

Griffin recently set twitter on fire with the most recent example of his freakish athleticism. Players, coaches, writers, and fans all raved about the dunk, some placing it amongst the greatest of all time.

(Video of Blake Griffin Dunk)

I’ve only been alive for 23 years, so I’ll refrain from such statements.

In the midst of the excitement and awe in the arena one person was suspiciously quiet and unmoved.

Griffin himself. The young superstar walked away from his most recent athletic feat like it was a trip to the dentist office. Griffin treated that dunk as if…. (dramatic pause) it were only worth two points!

This is unusual. Here we have an American kid, raised on NBA highlights and Pop Tarts like most of us, who isn’t moved by dunks or highlights; takes no pride in posterizing opponents and seems to only care about the wins column.

It seems that the most recent generation of NBA superstars have a different outlook on their skills and what’s important in the grand scheme of the game. Players such as Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, as well as Griffin look at their efforts and athletic feats purely as an extension of the teams success.


In an interview with ESPN’s Bill Simmons, Griffin shared his feelings about the dunk contest.

“I’m just not really a slam dunk guy, like that’s not my thing. I did it last year because they asked me. I don’t know I would have to have some dunks in mind.”

That sound you just heard was the collective jaw of America hitting the floor.

Utterly shocking that one of the most gifted athletes of today, feels only a small percentage of the excitement we feel after he posterizes our favorite hometown player.

Well played Mr. Griffin, well played.

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One Comment

  1. C Greene

    I loved the article. It was very well written.

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