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Blake Griffin: no longer a rookie

By Dandy Isma

CSMS Magazine

I can’t remember how many times I hear people say they’d wished Blake Griffin was in another team. I myself think this way also. Many believe if he were in the Lakers or Chicago or Miami, his stardom could have been gained more weight. Blake Griffin is one of the most electrifying and most amazing basketball stars to ever play in the history of the NBA. That was some years ago. Now, he is a world first class basketball player on his own right.

Blake Griffin was originally supposed to start his NBA tenure in the 2009-2010 seasons but due to injury he sustained during the preceding summer, he sat out the whole 2009-2010 season. But during the year off, he stayed in the gym working hard and improving his game to new heights. By the time he 2010-2011 seasons came around he was on full effect with his abilities on display. His unnatural athletic abilities made him a highlight favorite on sports networks especially ESPN.

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Blake has always been a hard worker ever since his high school days; his father was his high school coach at the Christian school he attended. Blake is of mixed race. His father is of Afro-Haitian origin and his mother is a Caucasian white woman. His parents were very strict when it came to his education but this was something that helped build stability and dedication into his craft as he got older. While he was in high school under the coaching of his father, Blake managed to win a state championship all four years while he was in high school.

When he was in college he won the College Player of the Year award giving him national fame and acclaim. After just two years in college he went to the NBA draft for a chance to play with a team. He got picked first in the 1st round of the draft by the L.A Clippers he didn’t play during the 2009-2010 season due to injury, but he made his impact this past season and went home with the Rookie of the Year award. His first full season in the NBA was simply amazing and beautiful to watch.

In conclusion, Blake still has a lot to work on to further improved his game but he’s already taken steps to do that. He has recently has been stated as saying that he is in fact in the gym during the 2011 NBA Lockout perfecting his fundamental basketball skills to further help his team. No matter what happens next season, one thing for sure, Blake will still be turning heads around with his skills whenever the season starts again.

Note: Dandy Isma is Psychology Major at University of North Florida. He lives in suburban Jacksonville. He is a sport commentator for CSMS Magazine.

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