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Newly acquired Blake Griffin talks about coming to Detroit

The Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Clippers set the NBA and Twitter worlds on fire Tuesday night when they agreed to a swap for All-Star Power Forward Blake Griffin. It was a move that many believed the Pistons were gambling on, having sent two players and a handful of draft picks to L.A. for Griffin.

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Griffin was not in Detroit for the Pistons 125-114 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night, but he arrived via plane to Motown later that evening. Upon touch-down, he was greeted by some reporters that asked about coming to Detroit. Here’s what he had to say,

From the video:

“This franchise, you know, has a history of tough, hard-working teams, that’s how I was raised, that’s my principle, so being here is an awesome opportunity.

Being in the League, now, seven years…I’ve been fortunate to play with a lot of really good players and learn from them, so hopefully, a little of veteran leadership, steering this team in the right direction, helping lay the foudation, helping the young guys, and just fitting in and doing as much as I can. 

We’re going to be a hard-nosed team, we’re going to play really really hard, and I’m incredibly excited. I love this fan base, the engergy has been awesome, already, in just 24 hours. So, I’m super excited to be here and ready to be at that first game.”

Griffin sounds like he’s ready to work, and the Pistons could definitely use his veteran leadership. Griffin brings to the table a stat line that looks like this: 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game this season– definitely something the Pistons could use.

It doesn’t take much for Detroit fans to get excited when “big name” guys come to play for us. But when Griffin is making statements like this about your city and your team, you can’t help but root for him.

Written by AJ Reilly

A.J. is a lifelong baseball fan and an avid storyteller. His debut novel, The Askren Boys, won the Literary Classics Gold Medal and Seal of Approval in November of 2018. When not writing, he is spending time with his wife Jessica, son Jack, daughter Nora, and new arrival Teddy. A.J. lives in Metro Detroit.

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