Blake Griffin’s biggest recruiter to Nets revealed … and it’s not DeAndre Jordan
Sorry Brooklyn Nets fans, DeAndre Jordan isn’t the reason why Blake Griffin now calls the Barclays Center home. Apparently, it was another player for the team who was instrumental in recruiting the big man.
Blake Griffin says KD was the biggest recruiter. Adds Steve Nash told him his role is to be a short-roller, facilitate, set screen and pop, basically just fill all the gaps. #Nets
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) March 11, 2021
Lewis added that Nets coach Steve Nash told Griffin that his role was to be a “short-roller, facilitate, set screen and pop, basically just fill all the gaps.”
With this side of the story being told, DeAndre Jordan also chimed in when asked if he helped recruit the former Detroit Pistons star eastward.
According to Alex Schiffer of The Athletic, Jordan joked he wasn’t exactly a massive fan of his former Clippers and now Nets teammate before the trade.
Asked if he helped recruit Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan points out he was on the Pistons, a team that recently beat the Nets. "So I didn't like him very much."
— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) March 11, 2021
The Pistons had beaten the Nets 122-111 in Detroit on February 9, a game in which Blake Griffin managed only nine points and two assists.
On Monday, Blake Griffin said the reason behind his decision to head to the Nets came from his admiration of head coach Steve Nash, as well as pushing towards his first ever NBA championship.
“They have a need for a four-man. I’ve always had a lot of respect for Steve Nash and all of the guys that they have. Sean Marks has done great job there. It was a tough decision and I wanted to be on a team that was contending., Griffin told Bleacher Report.