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Quotes by Blake Griffin

Quotes by Blake Griffin

Basketball is basketball, but with each level, there’s new challenges and new things you have to pick up.
Before a game, I prefer R&B and stuff that calms me down, like the Weeknd.
Coach Capel’s got style. He’s always got fresh Nikes on. He’s got some pretty sweet suits.
College was such a pivotal time for me. It’s a time when you have so much growth, and you kind of can choose one of many different paths.
Contract year or not a contract year, I’m playing the exact same way and focused on the exact same things.
During the playoffs, I tone down the Internet usage.
Every team starts out at the beginning of the year saying, ‘We want to win a championship,’ but you’ve got to have a goal of getting to the playoffs first.
Every time something is taken away, you’re forced to take a step back and realize how much that thing means to you. You don’t realize what you’ve got until it’s gone.
Food is a big part of my life.
Growing up, I was always wearing my brother’s hand-me-downs, so nothing ever fit me. I told myself whenever I have my own money and my own choice with what I get to wear, it’s always going to fit me correctly.
Hard fouls are a part of playoff basketball, and I think that’s how basketball should be. I don’t take those fouls personally.
I bought my parents a house. Then I bought myself a Rolex. My brother forced me to do it, but I’m glad he did.
I do have a lot of resolutions, but I don’t really make them at New Year’s much.
I don’t ever enjoy time away from the game. But it does make you appreciate what you have.
I don’t go into a situation trying to knock somebody over. It’s just the way I play: physical.
I don’t think any guy goes into a season worrying about the next season.
I feel like people believe I’m thinking a different thing than I am because I have this look about me.
I get that question almost more than any other. Once people feel a little comfortable, they’re always like, ‘So, what, uh, uh, what, um, what’s your ethnicity?’
I just like to be alone sometimes and think.
I know that if I’m going to take myself to where I want to go as an athlete and a person, I have to look at all my training options.
I let the dunks speak for themselves.
I like to do a little bit of boldness but mixed in with a classic look. You don’t have to do something crazy to stand out.
I like to play physical, and I’m a big guy, and I think sometimes – maybe sometimes I am pushing somebody, and I don’t realize how hard I’m pushing them. And then they do it back, and it’s kind of like, ‘Jeez!’
I love L.A. You definitely can’t beat the weather, and being close to the beach is nice. It’s a good town.
I love the process. It’s like I’ve fallen in love with the process of trying to become great.
I really love to play physical. That’s when I feel like I’m at my best… I seek it out.
I still think, when you go to the Garden, it’s a completely different feeling. The energy – there seems like there’s just a consistent buzz the entire game.
I think a lot of people have the idea that all I do is dunk and all I do is make layups.
I think everybody’s ideal is to have a wonderful career with one franchise, like Kobe and Tim Duncan.
I think the worst thing that’s happened to sports is ‘sources say.’
I want a long and healthy career.
I want to be a Hall of Famer, have an impact on my franchise, and you can do all of that by winning a championship.
I want to be quicker, I want to be stronger, and I want to be a leader.
I want to put expectations on our team that are high. That’s kind of the way I’ve always been, and I want to put those expectations on our team as well.
I wanted to be a complete player, and I felt like the dunks started to overshadow other parts of my game.
I was a big fan of Shaq when I was little, but I don’t think I’m going to play too much like him, though.
I was raised in a Christian household and went to a Christian high school, so I believe in creationism, for sure.
I’m just trying to do my job and my part to make this a team that people respect.
I’m more than blessed to be able to play a PE sport for money.
I’m not a fan of seeing myself on TV.
I’m not really trying to be a stand-up comedian. I have a huge amount of respect for the guys who do it. That’s their livelihood. That’s their job. It’s just something that I enjoy.
I’ve always had a very dry sense of humor, and I’ve pretty much grown up on Will Ferrell, first on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ then ‘Old School’ and ‘Wedding Crashers.’
I’ve been wearing Zegna for a while. It started a long, long time ago, my rookie year.
I’ve got to be the one at the end of games that people can rely on, that our guys can rely on.
I’ve never had hard feelings with any of my teammates who decided to leave or felt like it was best to leave.
I’ve never really worried about being called soft or people thinking I’m soft. If anybody wants to step and take that challenge, I’m more than happy – off the court – because I don’t want to get suspended.
I’ve never seen somebody get more flak than Colin Kaepernick for silently and nonviolently protesting and standing up for something he believes, and something that obviously is an actual problem.
I’ve put myself in the best possible positions through my daily training and my recovery processes and my offseason regimen and preparation. I break down when I have these freak injuries happen, when the hard work is basically thrown out.
If I need to be, like, a guy that scores a lot, I’m willing to do that.
If you get behind in first grade, then you’re behind every grade from then on.
If you have less games, less back-to-backs, the product’s better. The fans will appreciate it more. You see those college guys playing so hard, but they play 36 games in the same amount of time we play 82 almost.
In basketball, there’s a lot of pushing, grabbing, and shoving going on that nobody else sees. That’s why I’m training with MMA fighter Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
It was funny to hear that I’d slapped Bieber. I thought it was a joke. Then it blew up. I probably got 50 texts about it.
It’s always a little gross when you’re guarding someone and you can see, like, hair coming from underneath his jersey.
It’s just cool to try to leave behind something or improve something from how you left it.
It’s not something that I dwell on. I’ve never really had a problem with being soft.
L.A.’s been my home.
Lob City doesn’t exist anymore. Lob City is done.
Me personally, I’m always going to lead by example first. But there are moments where I need to use my voice and go up to a guy and get my message across.
My biggest problem with everything going on is the lack of understanding and the lack of respect in this world.
My dad was 32 in college, and my brother wore 32 in college. So I’m just going to stick with it.
My entire career, everybody says I need to punch somebody.
My everyday go-to style is a lot more casual. I like to wear suits to games, but during the day, going to the gym, I’m in my workout gear. Then if I’m going to lunch meetings, I like to keep it somewhat casual – short-sleeved button-ups, jeans, and sneakers.
My first few years in the league, I was relying on my athleticism to get me by, because that’s what got me to the NBA. The problem with that is, you end up getting really, really tired by February.
My hair is brown with a tinge of red. The lights in NBA arenas are extremely bright, and that makes my hair look red.
My parents, I’ve always said, are two of the hardest working people I know.
My thing is, I want to play for the team that wants me to be a part of them.
No one has ever bitten me, and I’ve never bitten anyone on the court.
Oklahoma City’s not real small; it’s got a good amount of the people.
One of my favorite games of all time was on Nintendo 64 – ‘NFL Blitz.’ I don’t know why, I just loved that game – being able to hit people after the play and stuff was always fun.
Partnering with EA Sports and being on the cover of ‘NCAA 10 is’ very exciting. And to be on the list of guys who have been on the cover before me is exciting.
Playing 82 games is a haul, and with eight or nine exhibition games, it’s a long process. You’ve got to take care of your body and make sure you’re getting your work in and staying healthy throughout the whole season.
Playing in the NBA has been a dream of mine for a long time, so to finally get to do that is amazing.
Shoes are a big thing for me, just because it’s hard to find shoes that fit me correctly.
Slow motion goes one of two ways. It either makes it look really, really cool, or it makes it look really, really bad.
Sometimes in the moment when I’m doing a press conference, one of my favorite things is to watch reporters.
Sometimes you get the rap of, ‘Don’t always play hard,’ or, ‘Just doing it for the money.’ But there are guys that genuinely love the game of basketball and are always playing it and are always out there. There are guys that work hard and actually understand the game and are very knowledgeable off the court as well.
Sometimes you just have to calm down a little bit and let the system work itself.
Team Griffin Foundation is a foundation trying to inspire young men and women to give them organization, give them something to have, kind of like when I was growing up. I had people who were supporting me, giving me the right tools that I needed to be able to achieve my dreams.
Teams go on runs. We have to be able to withstand a run and not get down on ourselves.
That’s the good thing about sports – it’s very clear-cut. You either win, or you don’t.
That’s what I’m always searching for – finding the balance between not caring so much to where I put all this pressure on myself. But still caring enough to where it pushes me to work exactly how I’ve been working so far.
The biggest thing I think is, ‘It’s OK to care. It’s OK to want to win and to be that team. To be upset when we lose.’
The first laugh is always key. I’ve done some improv stuff. Once you get your first laugh, you’re good. Up until that point, it’s a little nerve-racking.
The hardest thing for me is to be patient and realize that it’s not all going to happen right now. I just have to keep digging away, digging away. Just keep working on my game.
The thing about the max is, you’re worth whatever somebody is willing to pay you, in my mind.
The thing in basketball is you always want to be free. I don’t want to be hugged up to my guy. When we’re body to body, I want to control you.
The usual practice just isn’t enough. I want more edge over my opponents. Cross-training is so important. I can improve myself and have a lower impact on my body.
There are guys on different teams across the league who are bench guys, and guys who that – that’s their role, to be on the bench encouraging guys to play hard and get good minutes.
There are times when hard fouls are just a part of the game, and then there’s times when they’re a little bit further than that.
There’s times in games where I feel like I can manipulate and control the game by doing a lot of things. And then there’s times where I feel like I’m not inside the flow of the game.
To me, I never get too caught up in the position thing. At the end of the day, you’re playing your game.
To me, the best comedians are the ones that take everyday, normal, boring stuff that no one thinks is funny, and they make it funny. That’s the same style I go for.
We can’t have the mindset of becoming complacent with losing.
When I was in the dunk contest, DeMar DeRozan actually did the dunk I was about to do before me. That was going to be my next dunk, so I was panicking when I went up for my turn.
When the draft lottery came out, and the Clippers said they were gonna draft me, I went to Google to find out more about the Clippers because I didn’t know a lot. And I was like, ‘Okay, team owned by Donald Sterling.’ So then I typed in ‘Donald Sterling’ in Google, and the first thing that pops up is ‘Donald Sterling racist.’
When you have a tough year or a year that didn’t go the way you wanted it, especially the playoffs and all that and not being able to take advantage of our team and our talent on our team, you feel that. And whenever something is taken away from you like that, you definitely cherish it more.
You hate missing games. You hate leaving your teammates out there.
You just have to know that there’s people watching you, and you’ve got to be a positive role model and not put yourself in bad situations.
You’re not going to please everybody. I’ve just got to do whatever I feel is right, just use my judgment.

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