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Blake Griffin honors students, says he won't play outside U.S.

July 23, 2011 |  6:35 pm

Clippers forward Blake Griffin was on hand Saturday to honor 25 students from across the country who were recognized for their community leadership.

The event was held at a Universal City hotel in a red-carpet affair.

"I think it's important to honor and recognize students that have done such a good job like these students have," Griffin said. "Obviously they not only excel in the classroom, but in volunteer work."

Griffin, the NBA's rookie of the year who also won the slam dunk contest, said he enjoys doing charity work.

"It's something that when you get in this position and you're able to do things like that, that's when it really hits home and that's when you realize it's a worthwhile cause," Griffin said.

Griffin said he hasn't paid much attention to the news that some of his fellow NBA players have talked about playing overseas if the NBA lockout continues.

He said has no plans to play outside the United States.

"I'm not worried about it pretty much," Griffin said. "I'm just worried about getting better as a player."


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Photo: Blake Griffin is tied up with Tyler Hansbrough of the Indiana Pacers. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times