What are Blake Griffin and the Nets vaunted efficiency workforce cooking up? A magic dunking elixir? Or simply their (by now) generally accepted abilities at regenerated gamers? Certainly, simply previous to the Nets recreation vs. the Knicks on Monday, Steve Nash stated Griffin has been spending most of his time with the efficiency workers addressing his bodily points, particularly his knee. Hmmm.
No matter it’s, Griffin, in an interview with ESPN’s Malika Andrews, promised a return to “classic dunks” when he makes his Brooklyn debut someday within the subsequent couple of weeks.
When Andrews requested whether or not “followers are going to see classic dunks from you in Brooklyn,” the 31-year-old didn’t draw back from the query.
”That’s the plan,” he stated, including, “We’ll see. I do know so much’s been made about that. I promise you I nonetheless can. I promise that.”
Certainly, Griffin, who as soon as dunked over a Kia sedan, hasn’t slammed the ball by way of the ring throughout a recreation since December 2019 (though there may be current video of him do it in pick-up video games.) Certainly, there was punditry that the 6’10” ahead from Oklahoma merely can’t do it any extra, the results of a number of accidents, significantly to his knees.
The Pistons put him on ice a month in the past, saying they might work with him on a commerce or a buyout. The commerce by no means materialized however ten days in the past, he gave up $13.three million to turn out to be a free agent and shortly signed with Brooklyn. He was then handed over to the efficiency workforce.
Griffin known as the final month, “a little bit of a whirlwind,” however stated he believes he can nonetheless assist the Nets’ championship aspirations “at this level in my profession.”
“Fill the gaps,” he instructed Andrews when requested what he can deliver to Brooklyn. “We now have three guys who’re unbelievably dynamic. For me, it’s about being that man that may facilitate a little bit bit unfold the ground when we have to. I believe at this level in my profession, my recreation kind of lends itself to that function.”
Requested for one phrase to explain himself now, Griffin selected, “hungry.”
“That’s my important aim: to win a championship. After being within the playoffs and lacking the playoffs by way of a sure time period, that starvation stays alive and it grows. And that’s the place I’m at. I do know myself and I do know what I can do, so, I’m simply able to get on the market.”
Andrews reminded Griffin that considered one of his most prolific dunks passed off practically a decade in the past when he was was with the Clippers and Kevin Durant and James Harden have been with the Thunder. He sailed over the Thunder’s Kendrick Perkins, not even touching the rim on the best way down. DeAndre Jordan, his teammate then and the way, was additionally on the court docket.
“I keep in mind after the sport, Kevin stated, that wasn’t a dunk as a result of I didn’t contact the rim. Hopefully, he’s gotten previous that. We’ll see if he accepts it as an actual dunk.”