Blake Griffin, Mo Williams work out, prepare for season
Griffin had just finished another day of working out at the team's facility in Playa Vista, the second day players were allowed to work out at their team's facility following the end of the NBA lockout.
Griffin looked around as he got to a door to exit and joked, "Nobody sees me. Nobody sees me."
He laughed, knowing that it was impossible to miss his 6-foot-10, chiseled body and knowing that he hadn't talked to the media after his workout Thursday.
This time, Griffin was more than willing to talk, to share his views on the pending collective bargaining agreement and the meaning it has for players, especially a young emerging star such as himself.
"First of all, I'm just happy it's over and we get to play again,” Griffin said. "As far as the agreement, I think it's better than what they were talking about. But I think everybody was just ready to play basketball."
Clippers point guard Mo Williams also worked out Friday.
Williams is the Clippers' players union representative, and he kept his teammates abreast of the issues in the labor negotiations.
"It was a long battle going back and forth, a lot of headaches," Williams said. “Both sides lost a lot of money. At the end of the day, you just got to be happy that basketball is back.
"You can nitpick a lot of things inside of it and say, 'I don't like this, I don't like that.' But in all actuality, we've got basketball back. We got a good enough deal for us to be satisfied to be able to play basketball.”
-- Broderick Turner
Photo: Blake Griffin during a game last season. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times