Finally: Blake Griffin's Debut Targeted for January 20th!
The Los Angeles Clippers have targeted Jan. 20 as the night they hope rookie forward Blake Griffin(notes) finally makes his NBA debut, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
The Clippers play the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center on Jan. 20 before departing for an eight-game road trip. Griffin, the top pick in the 2009 draft, has yet to play because of a stress fracture in his left kneecap. If Griffin is healthy enough to face the Bulls, he’ll play limited minutes.
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Griffin began doing on-court workouts with Clippers assistant coach Fred Vinson on Dec. 28, but isn’t expected to be cleared for contact until the middle of this month. Griffin hasn’t put on any additional weight, despite the layoff and has worked on his 3-point shot and ball handling. He’ll likely come off the bench once he does return.
can't wait...CAN'T WAIT..i feel something special to make this draft class (yes maybe weak) but not bad one at all.
If the Clips go on and make the playoffs, let's say as a 6th seed, do you think Blake could jump over Evans for ROY or has he missed too much time already? This is assuming that Blake ends up having above average numbers like 17 and 9...
I think Blake would have to average 20 and 10 to pass Evans for ROY at this point in the season, and they may do a Co-ROY if that happened.
17 9 with 6th seed would be pretty huge..but IF Evans can keep his history making 20/5/5 and pretty nice 1.5stl 0.5blk then i just don't see other than him to win it.
but like i said i can't wait cause Blake should be in that mix with Jennings also
Jennings could always get hot again, I think he is still a close second for ROY, they have Redd's scoring back so Jennings doesn't need to do as much offensively, but If he goes down or gets traded again Jennings could roll off 25 per again for a month or so. I agree Evans is in the lead, but I don't think anyone is a lock right now.
the clippers will never be great because they have the worst coach in the NBA and for some reason he still has a job after all these unsuccessful years...as soon as dunleavy leaves, they will have a top 8 western conference team
looking foward to seeing him play as well but lets not gett ahead of our selves in the beginning because there is alot being said for coming back from a injury, while missing all of training camp, and half of the season when you are a rookie. so there should peopel be sayign hes a bust or hes overrated if he doesnt come out of the gate doing well. he is gonna need time to adjust and get inshape and get used to the nba game
typical clipper bullshit, they now are saying that no target date has been decided: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2010/01/clippers-nba-blake-g...
It's okay. I'd rather them not rush him back. This is a serious injury. The last thing I want to see is Griffin on the floor and clinching his knee in pain like I had to watch when Oden got injured.
Let them ease his way back. When he's ready, he's ready. He's progressing quite well. I have a feeling that he'll return after the eight game road trip. He'll be back late Jan/early Feb.