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Transcript of Blake Griffin
Blake Austin Griffin
Blake Austin Griffin
Was Born March 16, 1989 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The boys were home-schooled by their mother from first grade until Taylor was in the tenth grade and Blake was in the eighth.
They brothers may not have had schoolmates, but they had no shortage of teammates. They both are gifted athletes who competed in the youth leagues for football, baseball, and basketball. Their greatest battles were in the family driveway. Blake was known as "Little Griffin" by just about everybody, and he didn't like it.
Blake was a normal younger sibling, always looking for a challenge. If Taylor wouldn't play him, he'd find something else to turn into a competition between the two. Blake was always trying to run a little faster or jump a little higher
The boys started high school in 2003 at Oklahoma Christian School in Edmond. Where they played under their father, who was the head coach
They played together during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 high school seasons, winning two state high school basketball championships together. His freshman year, the Oklahoma Christian Saints posted a perfect season and won the Class 3A boys state championships against Riverside Indians 55-50. His sophomore year the repeated as Class 3A champs against Sequoyah- Talequah 51-34. He was later named to the Little All-City All-State team in what was his final high school season with his brother.
His junior season, the Oklahoma Christian basketball team was move down to Class 2A. He began his third season with the Saints, he was quickly developing int a strong and athletic player, as he led the team to a third straight championship, defeating Washington high school 57-40. He was named the state tournament MVP, and for his effort he was named The Oklahoman Player Of the year and to the Tulsa World Boys All-State First Team.
He attracted the attention of the coach Jeff Capel who first heard of him through Taylor. That spring coach Capel saw him play for the first time and was impressed with his combination of size, strength, and athleticism. He liked the fact that Blake had Griffin had not yet become a household name among recruiters and recruited him because he felt that he was the player he needed to rebuild his tenure with the Oklahoma men's basketball program.
Blake had been considering Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, and Texas, but his brother eventually sold him on joining Oklahoma when he raved about the direction of the Sooners and the chance to play together again for his home state.
Blake committed to Oklahoma before his senior season and average 26.8 points, 15.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.9 blockers per game as a senior while leading the team to a 26-3 record. In a game against Oklahoma City Southeast, he finished with an eye-popping tripple-double, 41 points, 28 rebounds, and 10 assists. On March 10, 2007, her played his final high school game in the state title game against Pawnee High School. He registered 22 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks, as the Saints defeated Pawnee 81-50 winning their fourth straight state title. He was named the Class2A state tournament MVP for the second consecutive year after averaging 26.6 points per game in the tournament, winning its three games by an average of 30.3 points. During his four-year run, the Oklahoma Christian Saints posted a 106-6 overall record.
His parents are Tommy and Gail. And has one brother Taylor
Blake was named the Player of the Year by both the Tulsa World and Thee Oklahoman and named a Oklahoma Boys All-State First team, EA Sports All-American Second Team and a Parade Third Team All-American. He was ranked as the nation's #13 high school senior by HoopScoop, #20 by scout.com,#23 And as the country's 3rd best power forward by HoopScoop, 6th by rivals.com, and 7th by scout.com. Additionally he was the Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year and was selected to McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand All-America teams. At the MCDonalds All-American game in Louisville, Kentucky he won the Powerade Jam Fest slam dunk contest
Blake was one of the highest rated and most decorated recruits ever at Oklahoma.He ranked ninth in scoring, fourth in rebounding, and third in field goal percentage in the Big 12 Conference
In a game against the Kansas Jayhawks, he suffered a sprain medical collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee five minutes into the game. Less than two months after injuring his left knee, he injured his right knee in a home win against Texas A&M. The injury this time was torn cartilage, and he had arthroscopic surgery on March 2, 2008
He was a first-team all-district by the USBWA and NABC, and was named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team to the first-team All-Big 12 selection by league coaches and Associated Press. He became the first Sooner to make the conference All-Rookie team since Wayman Tisdale in 1983 for the Big Eight Conference. He was expected to be a lottery pick in the 2008 NBA Draft but decided to return to college for a second season to give himself time to mature physically and make Oklahoma a contender for the NCAA championship
In his sophomore season, the Sooners started out the season winning their first 12 games before falling to the Arkansas Razorbacks. In the third game of the season against the Davidson Wildcats he became the first player in Big 12 history to record back-to-back games of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. This earned him three consecutive Big 12 player of the week honor and finished the season with a record-tying six player of the week honors.
In a home game against Texas Tech Red Raiders, he set a career bests for both points and rebounds with 40 points and 23 rebounds, becoming the only player in Big 12 history and third player in the history of the University of Oklahoma men's basketball program to score 40 points and 20 rebounds in the same game, joining Wayman Tisdale and Alvan Adams
In the second-round win over the Michigan Wolverines, he scored 33 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, just the second player in the 2000s(decade) with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in the NCAA tournament
He aceraged 22.7 points, 14.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game during the regular season and earned All-American First Team honors. He led the Big 1222 in scoring and rebounds, and recorded at least 20 points and 1 rebounds 15 times, which is a Big 12 record. He also set school and Big 12 single-season records for most rebounds(504), rebounding average(14.4), and double-doubles(30), and his free throw attempts(324) were the most by a Sooner in a Single-season. With 30 double-doubles during the season, he was one short of the NCAA record of 31 set by David Robinson in 1986-1987. His total of 504 rebounds were the most in a season by an NCAA Division I player since Indiana State's Larry Bird had 505 in !978-79 and his rebounding average of 14.4 was the highest since Wake Forest's Tim Duncan averaged 14.7 in 1996-97
For his sophomore year performance, he swept all six of the national player of the year awards. He was a unanimous choice by voters in all nine geographical districts for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and was named Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year, receiving 66 of the 71 national media panel members' votes. He was announced as the winner of the prestigious Naismith College player of the year on April 5th in Detroit. Three days after announcing that he would turn pro, he won the John Wooden Award as college basketball's top player. He became the first Oklahoma player in school history to win the Naismith Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy, Adolph Rupp Trophy, John Wooden Award and the Associated Press player of the year. He was also named Player of the year by the Big 12, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, and FoxSports.com
On April 7, 2009, he announced that he would give up his final two years of eligibility and declared for the NBA Draft after his sopomore year. A press conference announcing his decision was aired nationally on ESPNews. He was selected as the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA Draft. He played for the Clippers' Summer League Team and was named Summer League MVP. In their final preseason game, he injured his kneecap as he landed after a dunk. The day before the 2009-10 season started it was confirmed that Blake had a stress fracture in his left knee, delaying his NBA debut for seven weeks. After resting the stress fracture for several weeks, test revealed that his knee was not recovering properly. In January 2010, he had surgery on his broken left kneecap, missing the entire 2009-10 season. In the off season he spent a great deal of time working out with San Francisco-based trainer.
Since he missed the entire 2009-10 season,he was still considered a rookie during the 2010-2011 season. In his debut for the clippers against the Portland Trail Blazers, Blake scored 20 points and registered 14 rebounds. He set a franchise record for most consecutive double-doubles with 23 in a home game against the Golden State Warriors. His streak of consecutive double-doubles was the longest rookie double-double streak since 1968, which ended at 27 games on January 19 in a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves where he scored 29 points and grabbed 8 rebounds
On January 17, 2011 against the Indiana Pacers, Blake scored a career-high and set a Clippers record for most points scored by a rookie with 47 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. He became the first rookie to have two 40+ games in his rookie season since Allen Iverson during the 1996-97 season
Blake was voted to the 2011 NBA All-Star Game by coaches as a reserve on the Western Conference squad, becoming the first rookie to play in the All-Star game since Ya Ming in 2003 and the first rookie voted to the game by coaches since Tim Duncan in 1998. He also participated in the 2011 Rookie Challange and won the Sprite Slam Dun Contest during the All-Star break.On March 23, 2011, in a double overtime win over the Washington Wizards, he recorded his first career triple-double, 33 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 assists, and recorded his second triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, in the final game of the season against the Memphis Grizzlies.
During the season, he won all six of the Western Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month, the first rookie has swept an entire season of Rookie of the Month awards since Chris Paul during the 2005-06 season. He played in all 82 regular season games and became the first rookie to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds since Elton Brand did it in 1999-00 season. He led all rookies in points, rebounds, and double-doubles, earining him the Rookie of the year award, and was the first unanimous winner for the award since David Robinson in 1990. He was also the only unanimous selection to the All-Rookie First Team. In October 2011 Blake was rated the 10th best player in the NBA by ESPN and the collective TrueHoop Network.
2011-12 First Playoff appearance
Blake was voted to play as a starter for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, along with his teammate Chris Paul. He was also picked to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge. He was also picked as the #1 pick for TeamShaq, which was a mix of rookies and sophomores. In the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, Blake helped the Clippers eliminate the Memphis Grizzles in a game 7.
Before the 2012-13 NBA season on July 10,2012, Blake signed a contract extension reportedly worth $95 million for 5 years. The deal will keep him under contract until the end of 2017-18 season. He was also selected to compete for team USA in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, but was removed after he injured his knee during a practice.
Blake started a fundraiser called Dunking for Dollars, in which he donates $100 to fight childhood obesity for every dunk he makes. The Kia sedan that he jumped over to win the Slam Dunk Contest was donated for a charity auction on AutoTRader.com with proceeds benefiting Stand Up to Cancer. The auction started May5, 2011 and ran through May15. Stand Up to Cancer also has a fund-raising site called Team Blake, in honor of his close friend Wilson Holloway, who dies after a three-year fight with Hodgkins Lymphoma
They loved playing together