Posted on: October 27, 2009 6:56 am
Edited on: October 27, 2009 7:03 am
The reigning National Player of the Year has a broken kneecap .
He'll miss Tuesday's NBA opener.
And has this been a bad year for Oklahoma stars or what?
First, Sam Bradford's post-Heisman campaign began with an injured shoulder that will be surgically repaired Wednesday . Now Blake Griffin will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks (around 20 games) after breaking his kneecap in the Clippers' final exhibition. So the odds are clearly stacked against Willie Warren, OU's next great one. He better hope the all-bad-things-happen-in-threes rule doesn't apply to Sooners (and look both ways before crossing any road).
Seriously, it's a rough deal.
Griffin had been tremendous this preseason while averaging 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds.
No question, he was going to be the NBA Rookie of the Year.
And he still might.
But his pro career is now officially off to a bad start.
And another Sooner is now unfortunately on the mend.
Posted on: June 24, 2009 2:07 am
Former Oklahoma star Blake Griffin is making the rounds in New York this week, doing loads of promotional appearances in advance of Thursday night's draft. On Tuesday, he even found time to play that fat-guy-turned-skinny-guy from Subway in a game of H-O-R-S-E.
Or S-U-B-W-A-Y, actually.
And thank God, it was caught on tape.
(Click this link to check it out.)
According to Jared from Subway (who is still looking good, by the way), the sandwich seller (Jared) and Clipper savior (Blake) split a couple of games. And though this is startling, it should not be considered a big deal because A) Griffin won't make his millions shooting, and B) Jared isn't someone Griffin is likely to face in the Western Conference (unless the Grizzlies sign Jared to a 10-day contract, which is more likely than you think.)
Later Tuesday, Griffin appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon , at which point it became apparent that Fallon follows college basketball about as much as most people follow his TV show, which is to say not at all. He seemed shocked to learn that Blake has a brother named Taylor who also played at Oklahoma. Then Fallon challenged Blake to an awkward dunk contest and predictably lost.
So to recap: Blake Griffin dunks better than Jimmy Fallon but is a comparable shooter to Jared from Subway.
Consider than your official scouting report.
Posted on: April 7, 2009 2:07 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2009 2:08 pm
DETROIT -- Blake Griffin will hold a news conference later Tuesday to announce his intention to enter the NBA Draft.
Posted on: March 6, 2009 2:14 pm
Here's Friday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Congratulations to Blake Griffin (for winning the straw poll). I heard he is staying. Is that true?
At best, Griffin will stay at Oklahoma for another six or eight weeks. After that, he'll be gone, and if somebody really told you otherwise you should stop listening to them. Forever. Because they don't know what they're talking about.
Posted on: March 5, 2009 11:12 pm
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette's Michael Rothstein conducted his final straw poll for National Player of the Year.
Predictably, the winner was Oklahoma's Blake Griffin.
But would you believe it was unanimous?
Thirty-five writers from around the country -- including yours truly -- were asked to submit a ballot featuring three players, and all 35 ballots had Griffin at the top. Davidson's Stephen Curry finished second; Pitt's DeJuan Blair was third. That's exactly how my ballot looked, for those wondering. To see the full results, just click this link .
Posted on: February 25, 2009 11:14 pm
Blake Griffin met with doctors again Wednesday and even shot a little, but the Oklahoma star still has not been cleared to return to contact drills or live action, OU coach Jeff Capel told CBSSports.com late Wednesday night.
Posted on: February 15, 2009 11:18 am
Edited on: February 15, 2009 11:26 am
As this season rolls along, you just watch, the conversation about who should be the National Player of the Year -- not to mention the top pick in June's NBA Draft -- is going to intensify primarily because people are starting to recognize the impact Hasheem Thabeet has on both ends of the court. That 25-point, 20-rebound, nine-block performance Saturday against Seton Hall certainly helped. But the biggest thing aiding the Connecticut junior is how opposing Big East coaches are singing his praises, one after another.
The 7-foot-3 center is now averaging 13.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.4 blocks for the No. 1 team in the country while Griffin is averaging 22.8 points, 14.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks for the No. 2 team.
Against each other.
Posted on: February 12, 2009 3:11 pm
Blake Griffin is running away with the National Player of the Year award.