Blake Griffin shows up at Clippers facility, doesn't speak to media
On the first day players were able to visit their team’s practice facility to work out, now that the NBA lockout is over, three players showed up at the Clippers’ site Thursday in Playa Vista.
Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin was one of those players. But after his workout, Griffin disappointed a group of media members looking to interview him by sneaking out a back door without talking.
Griffin, like Brian Cook and Al-Farouq Aminu, who also showed up to workout, didn’t have to speak with the media because it wasn’t mandatory.
It was just that many in the media figured Griffin, who has become the face of the franchise, would be willing to talk about the upcoming season and how he felt about the expected ratification of the collective bargaining agreement.
Cook, a seven-year veteran, said he took his physical Thursday and was excited about playing again.
“I think guys wanted to play,” Cook said in a phone interview. “Taking away the game of basketball from the fans is never good. But as a businessman, I don’t feel we got too good of a deal. But it’s a deal to get us going and to play for the fans.”
-- Broderick Turner
Photo: Clippers forward Blake Griffin arrives at the team's training facility in Playa Vista on Thursday. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times