Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler recounts Blake Griffin ignoring him
On Saturday, Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin got his revenge on his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers, during his first game back in Staples Center. The 29-year-old dropped a game-high 44 points in front of his former home crowd, and it must have been quite a satisfying win for the former Clipper.
As it turns out, Griffin has not exactly moved on from his unceremonious exit from the team in the middle of last season via trade. There still appears to be some bad blood between Griffin and the organization, and this is perfectly summed up by LA TV commentator’s Ralph Lawler in-game narrative:
As Lawler explained, Griffin absolutely blew him off when they first bumped into each other following the midseason trade that sent the All-Star packing. This does not appear to be a tall tale, as Lawler sounded genuinely hurt by how Griffin — someone believed to be a friend — gave him the cold shoulder.
Griffin also ignored Clippers owner Steve Ballmer during warmups when the latter tried to welcome his former superstar back to his old stomping ground. This blatant show of disrespect, along with Lawler’s story, just proves that it’s definitely not water under the bridge for Griffin.
Griffin probably believes that the Clippers did him wrong by trading him, and he is not afraid to show his displeasure. As it turns out, this does not only apply to his former boss, but to other members of the organization as well.