The Pistons hosted the Clippers on Saturday for the primary time since they acquired Blake Griffin final 12 months, and the drama started even earlier than tip-off.
Throughout pregame warmups, as Griffin walked off the ground, Clippers proprietor Steve Ballmer stepped towards him alongside the sideline and prolonged his hand. Griffin didn’t even have a look at Ballmer earlier than breaking right into a trot and heading for the locker room.
Clippers proprietor Steve Balmer was attempting to offer Blake Griffin a handshake … Blake needed no half. pic.twitter.com/wgDHx3Hyvr
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 12, 2019
To be honest, Griffin is wanting the opposite manner, however seems to look towards Ballmer on the final second. The Athletic’s Jovan Buha famous Ballmer known as out “Blake! Blake!” as Griffin approached.
You’ll be able to’t blame Griffin if he didn’t wish to reminisce about his time in Los Angeles, which ended on a nasty word. The Clippers traded him in January 2018 to Detroit for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, the No. 12 decide within the 2018 NBA draft and a 2019 second-round decide. Griffin later mentioned the commerce “shocked” him, and at his introductory press convention in Detroit mentioned, “I wish to play for a corporation that desires me to play there and clearly this was a corporation that needed me to play right here.”
Griffin, who had been the Clippers’ No. 1 total decide within the 2009 NBA Draft, had simply signed a five-year, $171 million take care of the workforce earlier than final season. The five-time All-Star had assumed he can be a Clipper for years to come back.
The 29-year-old ahead is averaging a career-high 25.1 factors and eight.three rebounds.