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Clippers' Blake Griffin holds court — on cover of Men's Health [Update]

January 3, 2012 | 11:51 am

Blake Griffin in Men's Health magazine

Clippers power forward and NBA rising star Blake Griffin graces the cover of the January/February issue of Men's Health magazine that hit newsstands Dec. 27.

In the accompanying article, the Legend of Lob City holds forth on his NBA lockout routine (he supplemented his routine shooting drills with an hour-a-day, three-days-a-week of yoga, followed by a trip to the gym), his standard off-season training regimen (just reading it may strengthen your core), the performance he's most proud of from last season (hint: it was in a game against the Pacers) 
Men's Health JanFeb 2012 coverand life after the NBA (yes, already).

We bring this up not because we consider it some kind of late-breaking hard news but because we think it's a refreshing change of pace for a two-team town in which the magazine covers (and appurtenant articles) tend to favor the Lakers.

And because the beefcake cover shot of a bare-chested Griffin rising out of the water unintentionally reminded us of the last time we saw an NBA player without his shirt on — which was last year's  playoffs when Lakers center Andrew Bynum ripped off his jersey after he was ejected from the game, a wardrobe dysfunction that earned him a $25,000 fine from the league.

A reminder, perhaps, that timing is everything.

[*Updated 12:10 p.m., Jan. 3, 2012: Shortly after the original post went live, the folks over at Orlebar Brown reached out to let us know that it's their swim trunks Griffin is wearing. According to a company rep, he's sporting Orlebar Brown's Dane tailored board short style in both the cover photo (in red) and inside photo (in blue), which pretty much makes it a slam-dunk style statement for the upscale brand that sells said shorts for $250 a pop.] 

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Photos: At top, Los Angeles Clippers' power forward Blake Griffin as he appears in the January/February 2012 issue of Men's Health magazine. Credit: Randi Berez / Men's Health. At bottom, the issue's cover. Credit: Men's Health.

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