Blake Griffin lost his close friend and high school teammate Wilson Holloway to Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier this week, leading the young Clipper to break down in the locker room following L.A.'s Wednesday win over the Timberwolves. But Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reports that his mourning won't keep Griffin from participating in any of the myriad NBA All-Star activities he's scheduled for this weekend.
But Griffin took part in his scheduled appearances Thursday and the Clippers said he would continue with the rest of his events, on and off the court. After the rookie-sophomore game, Griffin will compete in the slam dunk contest Saturday and play in the All-Star game Sunday.
It's unlikely anyone (with the possible exception of Ron Artest and Carmelo Anthony) will have a busier weekend than Griffin. The rookie has the rare opportunity to be in the spotlight all three nights of action, and also has endless event commitments owing to his status as L.A.'s new star. The NBA trots out its most recognizable players to its plethora of community events during All-Star weekend; other than members of the Lakers and the league's tip-top superstars, Griffin will be in the highest demand.
Holloway was a football player at Tulsa, and played basketball with Griffin at Oklahoma Christian School in Edmond, Okla.