Despite the fact that DeAndre Jordan, Mo Williams, and Al-Farouq Aminu will be partaking in the “Competitive Training Series” at Impact Basketball Academy in Las Vegas — along with approximately 40 other NBA players — Blake Griffin is hesitant to join in (possibly to avoid potential injury?), according to ESPN LA’s Dave McMenamin:
The question remains as to whether last season’s Rookie of the Year, Blake Griffin, will join his teammates in Sin City.
Griffin’s agent, Sam Goldfeder, told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday that Griffin is not scheduled to play as of right now, but that could change.
Griffin, who first donned a Clippers uniform two summers ago during the Las Vegas Summer League with NBA commissioner David Stern watching from a courtside seat, has largely avoided the pickup game circuit that featured NBA stars playing in small gyms across the country this summer during the work stoppage.
Rather than play in L.A.’s fabled Drew League, Griffin secured an internship at Funny Or Die, the comedy website co-founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Later in the summer Griffin returned to his alma mater for Oklahoma’s “Legends Alumni Game,” but instead of playing in the exhibition, he merely threw up the ceremonial tipoff to begin the game’s second half and watched from the stands.