On Monday afternoon, Blake Griffin released his second piece with The Player’s Tribune, this time addressing critics about his newfound love for his jump shot.
Griffin’s been criticised this season for retiring his dunks (save for special occasions) but in this first person account explains why:
“My first few years in the league, I was relying on my athleticism to get me by, because that’s what got me to the NBA. The problem with that is, you end up getting really, really tired by February. My rookie year I tried to get out of bed on a road trip near the end of the season and I was like, Am I physically able to walk right now? I went out on the floor that night and ran up and down just trying to look like a real NBA human.”
Griffin’s also discusses how he’s reworked the mechanics of his jump shot with shooting coach Bob Thate, revelations that were outlined in an article by the OC Register’s Dan Woike just last week.
Back in October, Griffin wrote a revealing column for the Tribune about life as a Clipper with Donald Sterling as owner.
Griffin’s game has changed from “just a dunker” to a “just a shooter” in just over half a season, during that time he’s also become quite the accomplished writer.