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We know that recently-named NBA Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin is one of the most skilled big men in the league. 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game speak for themselves.
But Thursday night, Blake showed off another aspect of his game: his sense of humor.
Appearing on TBS’s late night show, Conan, Griffin was in his element as joked with host Conan O’Brien, sidekick Andy Richter and Conan’s other guest John Krasinski.
The usually soft-spoken former No. 1 pick didn’t stick with the status quo of the humble athlete appearing on late night TV, letting the host make all the jokes. His numerous one-liners drew countless laughs from the studio audience and Conan himself.
O’Brien jokingly opened the interview by stealing Griffin’s newly acquired Rookie of the Year trophy.
“I’m gonna need that back,” Griffin quipped back.
Griffin also fielded suggestions on what to do in next season’s Dunk Contest to top his win at this season’s contest. Ideas ranging from a fighter jet to Griffin dressing up as Chewbacca were tossed around.
“I think we’re good,” Griffin joked. “I’m going with that one.”
Conan closed the nearly 10-minute conversation by showing “The Blake Show” poster that was used to promote an event hosted by Griffin at Nike Vault in Downtown LA that very night. Griffin appeared to play it off nonchalantly, likely because the event would long be over by the time the episode aired calling it “just a poster.”
Perhaps O’Brien doesn’t need to start looking for a new job just yet but regardless of the venue – whether it be Staples Center or late-night TV – it’s clear that “The Blake Show” has come a long way since arriving in Los Angeles nearly two years ago.