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Blake Griffin is allowed to be mad at the Clippers

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Blake Griffin’s first game against the Clippers in LA happened on Saturday. Griffin still seems upset over how the Clippers treated him last year. You may remember that when Griffin was an unrestricted free agent in July 2017, the Clips (who had just traded Chris Paul to the rival Rockets as he threatened to leave) went way over the top in selling Griffin on being a Clipper for life, seeing his jersey retired in LA, the full nine. Per reports, their entire sales pitch was about being a legend who stayed with one team. Griffin ate it up.

The Clippers traded him for a package of parts a few months later.

On Saturday, Griffin probably snubbed Clippers franchisee Steve Ballmer (Griffin denies he knew Ballmer was trying to shake hands, but then said he wouldn’t have anyways, so if it’s not a straight-up snub it was close). In the game, Griffin was everything he can be at his best, ugly and vengeful, as he led to Pistons to a road victory.

Saying that the NBA “is a business” and that trades and the like are “just business, not personal” is all well and good. But the Clippers straight up lied to Griffin about their intentions to build around him. They lied to him to get him under contract so that they could flip him for other assets. That’s not “just business.” Griffin is allowed to be made, perhaps more so than any other player traded in past few years. Business doesn’t require dishonesty. The Clippers’ reputation with players should honestly take a hit from this. That Griffin is reminding everyone of what LA’s management did by remaining angry is a net positive.

Scores

Sixers 108, Knicks 105
Raptors 140, Wizards 138 (2OT)
Bucks 133, Hawks 114
Rockets 109, Magic 116
Warriors 119, Mavericks 114
Blazers 113, Nuggets 116
Cavaliers 101, Lakers 95

Schedule

All times Eastern. Games on League Pass unless otherwise indicated.

Celtics at Nets, 7:30
Grizzlies at Rockets, 8
Hornets at Spurs, 8:30, NBA TV
Pistons at Jazz, 9
Blazers at Kings, 10
Pelicans at Clippers, 10:30

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