ESPN: Blake Griffin Ready To Step Up

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Clippersfan86
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Blake responds to the CP3 article about him needing to become THE man and make a jump this year. Can somebody post this?

http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/nba/rum ... api_public

Here's the free article about it.

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/stor ... chris-paul

BTW guys the forum has been incredibly slow this month so this is fine being separate from the CP3 thread. No worries about board clutter right now hah.

AirGriffin
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I'm doing a lot of stuff at the elbow, a lot of shooting. One of the things [new coach Doc Rivers] said to me was, 'I don't want you to be afraid to go 0-for-15.' In other words, just have the mindset of a shooter. And with the work I've done this summer, I'm starting to get that confidence and think like a shooter."

Loved reading that by Griffin. He's ready to become a more of a shooter and be utilized by the coaches for different options. Good news that its confirmed that he's for sure testing his range and trying to round out all of his offensive game. And he's acknowledging all the hype, he'll be ready to close games with CP.

MartyKahn
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I always said VDN didn't give Blake a foundation. He seemedto just let Blake float around. No structue.

Amnesty_David_Stern
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Great, more Jump Shooting Blake Griffin.

Agent0
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Jump shooting is only a problem if you can't make them. You'll be surprised how much jump shooting the great bigs that weren't monsters of men did. Blake isn't going to play like Shaq, he needs a jumper.

Also like I mentioned in the other thread, if you're coach is planning on using your a certain way, what makes more sense?

1) Working on skills that would make you most effective in the spots that your coach wants to use you in.

Or

2) Working on other things that won't maximize your potential in the team setting.

Yea, Blake is certainly doing the correct thing, and the ability to shoot plays into improved post game. The turn-around jumpshot is a move that guys tend to use a lot out of the post up. Players playing closer to him allows him to use his quickness to get to the basket more and to draw fouls. Then against the right matchups he goes in the post and punishes them. It's not like he's going to learn to shoot and forget how to post up.

Watch a guy like Olajuwon here, he's posting up, sure, but what is he going to? Jumpshots, face-up drives, one dribble fadeaways. He isn't trying to back the guy down with two-three dribbles and shoot a hook over him. Switch to a smaller quicker defender, then now he's just shooting hooks over him all day. Blake can still be guarded by bigger guys in the half-court (play off him and play him to shoot), and that should not be the case, he should kill them, it should be a mis-match

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Griffin improving his range will do wonders for the offense. When DJ and Blake both can't shoot, it really closes off lanes for us. If Blake can spread the floor a bit, and DJ can solidify those post moves he's been working on, together with Dudley and Redick in the starting 5, Paul will have an incredible amount of space to operate.

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The biggest problem with Blake's jumper, besides the hesitation, is the range. There's no reason Blake has to take shots near the 3 point line. Guys like Hakeem and Ewing (who was a great 7 foot jump shooter) shot at closer range. I think the elbow allows him to get comfortable from mid range, allows him a clear view of his teammates when he needs to pass, and allows him to use his first step to blow past his defender. Heck, he only needs one or two steps from there to make it to the basket.

Agent0
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Yup, he needs to shoot from 10-17, no need to be shooting further, and if he is, might as well shoot a 3PT shot

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Makes me sad that Griffin didn't get "The Dream" traning.

Voyeur
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There's still time for Hakeem in the future. The elbow stuff is a whole thing that Blake now has to concentrate on, which seems jumper related. Not sure how much Hakeem would help there.

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Thing is, I personally feel it's best for Blake to work with Hakeem at least within the next 2 years at the latest. Otherwise the training won't be as effective. Because, if he can benefit from the training he could really put that to use more NOW than when he's got more wear on the knees, and also perfect what he learns a bit more each game.

Maybe he feels he doesn't need it, or maybe he can't fit it in his schedule but maybe the Clippers organization should encourage him a bit more, or maybe the fans. I really think if Blake had a better offensive post game ( and even learn a thing or two more on defense ) he'd really hit that Karl Malone type status he is looked at to live up to sooner, rather than a later.

Regardless, Blake is tremendous and I'm happy with his durability and progression thus far.

MartyKahn
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I think the Rockets hired Hakeem, so will he even still train players outside of the Rockets organization?

They're a lot of places to go for post moves help. Adrian Dantley is a crossing guard, I'm sure he'll be willing to help. Shaq can teach some things too.

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Shaq merely used his muscle to score down low. He did not have fundamentals...

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music to my ears

MartyKahn
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Shaq had great footwork and his fundamentals were underappreciated. And he had counter moves like that bank shot when he spins to the left shoulder

toohipcliptoslip
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He needs to clock Zbo (Zbo I still love you)

Why is everybody mad at Zack? He punks BG because BG allows it. It's Blake's fault not Zbo's. Would he punk Karl Malone, the one BG is most compared to?

I DON'T THINK SO.

BG's new personal coach Mike Tyson (as long as Blake wears a mouth piece)

The problem is that you can only work on one thing at a time. His FT shooting has improved

Here's what he should be able to do in time

1 With his athleticism block shots - we've seen that

2.He's developing his ball handling skills. He should be able to have a better first step than most PF's or centers.

3 Post moves

4 SET A PICK

Voyeur
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Someone recently posted this game on youtube. There's a lot of him at the elbow here, so it could be an indication of what to look for:

AirGriffin
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I for one I'm mad at Zack or dislike him because he plays overly aggressive in my opinion and is fat and puts his belly on people and just looks like a dirty player with a lot of anger. Griffin needs to hold his ground better and not get punked I agree but there's just something about him

I despise. Glad he couldn't do squat against the Spurs. Duncan knew how to shut him down. And I would like to think its good coaching as well. Glad Del Negro is gone. Think Doc will unleash the defense and toughness in Griffin.

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Even if Hakeem is employed by the Rockets, I still think he can train people when he's got time off in the summer. He charges an outrageous price and people keep coming back. He may love the Rockets but that's a lot of friggin' money he'd be losing if they wouldn't allow him to train other athletes. I think he does a lot of charity work for his native country too, and any extra money to help out Hakeem would probably love.

As far as Shaq goes, easily I put him up there in the best center of all time talk. Shaq didn't use his muscle as much as he could have and played like a teddy bear at times. Sure he was on the Lakers but he played for multiple other teams as well. He had solid moves, great footwork and had a 6th sense of where to be to tip in buckets. There have been plenty of guys Shaq's size in the NBA over the years and they mostly sucked, this is because they had no moves, poor IQ and so forth. You don't score 25-30PPG by not being good at something, you score 25-30PPG by being great at something.

CapsNClips
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@EricPatten: 2 players have tallied at least 4,500 points, 2,000 rebounds, 800 assists & shot 50% or better over 1st 3 seasons. Kareem & @blakegriffin32

Suck it haters!

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Thing is, even if Blake stays the way he is currently for say the next 6 years til he is 30, and by stay the same I mean posting up his 3 year average he will end up with totals like this:

13,959 points, 2,463 assists, 7,104 rebounds, 642 steals, 429 blocks, 2,913 FTM and like 50000000 dunks.

Those are pretty impressive numbers for a power forward over a 9 year span. We can adjust those numbers to say, 15,000 points, 2700 assists, about 8,000 boards, 700+ steals and 460+ blocks in his first 10 years. With averages of over 20 points, 10 boards, 3.5 assists and 1 steal a game. What more could you want from a power forward? That already puts him in elite company, and even if he only makes say half the all star teams over the next 6 years, that puts him at 6 All Star appearances in his first 9 years.

And to put those numbers in further perspective for our entire franchise's career leaders he would rank

1st in Points scored

4th in assists

1st in rebounds by a mile and a half

1st in FTM

1st in Field Goals Made by a mile and a half

almost 5th or 5th in Blocked Shots

3rd in steals

2nd in games played

3rd in scoring average

Sure our team stinks as far as team history goes, but those are also amazing feats. Blake will get, at the very least slightly better in all aspects of his game. If he keeps healthy and his work ethic going I can see him playing at this current level ( as far as stats go ) up until he's about 32-33. By that time he'll have ecplised the 20,000 point plateau, 10,000 rebound plateau and near 4,000 assist mark all the while playing the 4 spot. Blake could easily finish with 25,000 points, 12,000 boards, 5,000 assists, 1300 steals and 1000 blocks, make 10 all star teams and reach the playoffs 10 times or more.

We may not just need Blake to get better, he's not Jordan, Kobe, Lebron, Magic, Kareem, Wilt, Russell etc. We need DeAndre and the rest of our starters to play clutch basketball and help compliment the fact that we have an All Star power forward down low. Basketball isn't a 1 man or 2 man team game. Lebron has Wade, Bosh, Allen and Chalmers and they all know their roles. Durant has Westbrook, had Martin, Ibaka and Perkins. Everybody has to do their job, and the leader and best player on this team is not Blake, it's Chris Paul. The blame will be placed on HIM and not Blake for just about any of our success and failures. He's considered the best PG in the game and a top 3 player in the league. Blake, is not considered the best at his position NOR a top 3 player in the game. So whose more important, Chris or Blake?

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Despite being a young player, I think this upcoming season is Blake's make or break season.

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