Welcome to the second annual Spotlight Friday: Clippers Edition. Each Friday from now until the first week of the NBA regular season, I will spotlight a different Clipper player and what he means to the team in ’10-’11. The schedule is as follows:
Last season, I had named Baron Davis as the most important key to a successful season. This year, it’s mainly on Blake Griffin. Is it unfair to put so much responsibility on a 21 year old kid just who missed his entire rookie season due to injury? Perhaps. But whether he likes it or not, so much is riding on his shoulders.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Griffin came blazing out of the gates in preseason. Things were going well, optimism was high, but then during the final preseason game vs the Hornets, this happened. And so went the season.
Fast forward to the present and Blake has been 100% for a few months and has his explosive step back. He’s a year wiser. His offensive game more polished. In Summer League of ’09, you witnessed his three-point ability. If he can develop that kind of range, it’s going to be scary. Griffin seemed like a favorite target for Baron Davis. That should carry over into this upcoming season.
Aside from his talent, it’s his attitude that is so contagious. He’s a unbelievably hard worker, possessing an extreme workout regiment. He’s the most humble number one pick people will ever encounter. A real character guy a team can build around. Blake Griffin couldn’t be more ready to return. A rookie of the year type of season and the team will be in the playoff hunt, it’s that simple. The Clippers have been waiting on bended knee.
The above photo in motion.
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