Blake Griffin To Miss Season
John Wall has to be at least a tiny bit nervous today.
Wall will almost certainly be the top pick in this summer’s NBA draft. The dynamic point guard will try to avoid the fates of Greg Oden and Blake Griffin– two of the last three top picks in the lottery that will not see legitimate court time in their rookie years.
The news of Griffin’s time off comes as a bit of a surprise. Talk earlier in the week centered around an anticipated return to the court. That talk has been quieted now that doctors have discovered that Griffin’s left kneecap is not healing as it should and will require further surgery.
While Griffin will undoubtedly be disappointed that he will have to miss more time, the team has been able to pick up the slack without him thus far. The team is only 17-20, but they’ve shown flashes of playing up to expectations. Still, Griffin’s athleticism would certainly be a welcome sight for the Clippers. That debut will have to wait until next season.
Hopefully, Griffin will not lose any of the magnificent jumping ability he showed off while playing at Oklahoma and during the Clippers’ preseason. While he does have a few other tools in his arsenal, none are as effective as his ability to rise up and dunk on an opponent’s head. Perhaps the time off will allow him to hone his other skills and come back a more complete player. Whatever he brings whenever he finally does make his NBA debut, you can bet that the Clippers will just be happy to see him on the floor, able to contribute.
And whatever team wins the draft lottery will have the same feelings about John Wall this November. Hopefully.