Blake Griffin's Response to Clippers Fans

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Icecoldclipper
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Great gesture from Blake he focuses on the city and fans. You know he wanted to say something about the front office but let it go for now.


clipperboy24
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Yes Blake was human and had a couple incidents but overall he was my favorite clipper and one of the best we have ever had. Players of his talent don’t just come to a franchise every day. I have a feeling he is going to get refocused in Detroit and become a beast there


polotip
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Going to miss BG and the Clippers. They turned their back on him. Something he would never do to the organization. After being a fan since I was 8, since the 95-96 season, I am done with the clippers. Bye BG, and bye Clippers.


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I'm still shook. It’s a direction that was much needed for the gram, but just let’s you know that this is a business. I was hoping we would have Blake for life and retire his jersey.


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polotip wrote:
Going to miss BG and the Clippers. They turned their back on him. Something he would never do to the organization. After being a fan since I was 8, since the 95-96 season, I am done with the clippers. Bye BG, and bye Clippers.

The Clippers literally guaranteed that he would earn $170,000,000 over the next five years, despite his being injury-prone and often petulant.

I wish some company would "turn their back" on me like that.


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cleepers wrote:
The Clippers literally guaranteed that he would earn $170,000,000 over the next five years, despite his being injury-prone and often petulant.

I wish some company would "turn their back" on me like that.

While this is true, it was also under the guise that he would stay in LA for his career, which was what was presented to him. If there was truly no plan of that, he would have been better off signing a 4 year max with Phoenix or Miami, places he wanted to go to, as opposed to now essentially being stuck on a team he didn't want to go to in his prime for 4.5 years.

Now of course it's not the worst thing in the world, but in the NBA world, it's a pretty sucky situation.


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cleepers wrote:
The Clippers literally guaranteed that he would earn $170,000,000 over the next five years, despite his being injury-prone and often petulant.

I wish some company would "turn their back" on me like that.

He probably single handedly added $200mm to the clippers franchise value let alone how much he increased in ticket sales, commercials and merchandising. From a business perspective he was worth the money paid him. Salary cap wise he was paid too much on this new deal but let’s not act like having him on that contract was just good for him


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clipperboy24 wrote:
He probably single handedly added $200mm to the clippers franchise value let alone how much he increased in ticket sales, commercials and merchandising. From a business perspective he was worth the money paid him. Salary cap wise he was paid too much on this new deal but let’s not act like having him on that contract was just good for him

You can even argue he made the clippers worth 2 billion dollars. On a marketing perspective, yea he was worth 35 million I agree but not towards the cap


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He stopped doing commercials maybe year 2. He lost his star appeal about that time. Maybe year 3. It stopped when Lob City stopped. How many I Love You Blake signs have you seen? Most fans knew who anybody on the all star team better than him. CP and DJ had the commercials. Why wasn't BG with State Farm?


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Agent0 wrote:
While this is true, it was also under the guise that he would stay in LA for his career, which was what was presented to him. If there was truly no plan of that, he would have been better off signing a 4 year max with Phoenix or Miami, places he wanted to go to, as opposed to now essentially being stuck on a team he didn't want to go to in his prime for 4.5 years.

Now of course it's not the worst thing in the world, but in the NBA world, it's a pretty sucky situation.

If he had played like an MVP as we expected, we wouldn't be having this conversation.


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Agent0 wrote:
While this is true, it was also under the guise that he would stay in LA for his career, which was what was presented to him. If there was truly no plan of that, he would have been better off signing a 4 year max with Phoenix or Miami, places he wanted to go to, as opposed to now essentially being stuck on a team he didn't want to go to in his prime for 4.5 years.

Now of course it's not the worst thing in the world, but in the NBA world, it's a pretty sucky situation.

With his injury history he was better off signing with the clips and getting that 5th year player option. If he opts in he will make $39,100,000.

Ain’t no way in hell 34 year old Blake is worth nearly $40,000,000/yr.

So in the long run he will be thankful clips gave him that contract and traded him as opposed to letting him walk


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BG and DJ may have brought excitement back to the team but they didn't make the playoffs until CP3 joined them. Take away CP3 and now we know they are fringe and no longer the young bucks finding their ceiling.


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toohipcliptoslip wrote:
He stopped doing commercials maybe year 2. He lost his star appeal about that time. Maybe year 3. It stopped when Lob City stopped. How many I Love You Blake signs have you seen? Most fans knew who anybody on the all star team better than him. CP and DJ had the commercials. Why wasn't BG with State Farm?

wrong. He lost his endorsements the moment it came out that he broke his hand hitting someone. That didn't happen in year 2.


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Agent0 wrote:
While this is true, it was also under the guise that he would stay in LA for his career, which was what was presented to him. If there was truly no plan of that, he would have been better off signing a 4 year max with Phoenix or Miami, places he wanted to go to, as opposed to now essentially being stuck on a team he didn't want to go to in his prime for 4.5 years.

Now of course it's not the worst thing in the world, but in the NBA world, it's a pretty sucky situation.

Plans change.

Maybe it was missing a quarter of the season through injury (yet again). Maybe it was him demonstrating (yet again) that he has some very immature traits for a supposed leader. Or maybe the Clippers just pulled a fast one in order to get some kind of decent return for him instead of letting him walk.

It's not the FO's fault that he didn't demand a no-trade clause... it's Blake's. But then, only a handful of the very best players can make those kinds of demands, and Blake isn't Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant or LeBron James.

Bottom line is that's the business. Blake entered the draft probably expecting to play for his hometown team (they had the best odds of winning the lottery that year), but he didn't. Those are the chances one takes when entering the draft. Living in Los Angeles and making eight or nine million dollars in your rookie year, however, is a pretty sweet consolation prize for not getting to be where one might prefer to be. Blake made the most of the opportunities that being in Hollywood affords anybody famous... building his celebrity brand and making extra money in the second largest media market.

I'm not hating on the guy, but fans abandoning the franchise because they "turned their back" on a guy who ultimately led us nowhere is the apex of drama-queenery.


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Agent0 wrote:
While this is true, it was also under the guise that he would stay in LA for his career, which was what was presented to him. If there was truly no plan of that, he would have been better off signing a 4 year max with Phoenix or Miami, places he wanted to go to, as opposed to now essentially being stuck on a team he didn't want to go to in his prime for 4.5 years.

Now of course it's not the worst thing in the world, but in the NBA world, it's a pretty sucky situation.

You think Blake WANTED to leave LA? Really? Dude, you're better than that. He got more years and more money... the dude should be thanking us for drawing up that contract.


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clipperboy24 wrote:
He probably single handedly added $200mm to the clippers franchise value let alone how much he increased in ticket sales, commercials and merchandising. From a business perspective he was worth the money paid him. Salary cap wise he was paid too much on this new deal but let’s not act like having him on that contract was just good for him

You're 100% right... but that is the business no?


toohipcliptoslip
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with this as long as it doesn't

affect B Ball but he couldn't do this in PHX. He seems to be making good money.

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juddy22
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Shout out to Blake

Thanks for a fun 9 years!


Agent0
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cleepers wrote:
Plans change.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we should be crying for him, life is still very good for him, but we could still argue that we did kinda do him dirty, not based on the fact that we re-signed him, then traded him, but on how we re-signed him and the implication made when it was done. We haven't so quickly forgotten about the whole presentation:
    When Griffin arrived at Staples Center for his free-agency pitch meeting on July 1, he found the Clippers had erected something of a maze for him with temporary walls. Griffin walked his 3-year-old....


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"RAISED AN ACTUAL BANNER INTO THE RAFTERS" that is the part that was on BG's part and he was not getting it done. By our front office estimation, it wasn't going to get done with BG (for whatever reason, I have many ideas).

The game is a business and BG has always been pampered with high dollar contracts (even as a rookie!)

He has also been pampered by the Los Angeles lifestyle.

If he wanted to stay, and EARN his money... he had to pull weight. He was pulling a good amount, don't get me wrong.

BUT LOS ANGELES FANS ARE USED TO MEDIOCRE. Stop being afraid of truly succeeding. I am not even talking about a conference finals. I want a CHAMPIONSHIP.

As CP said... "If we are not here to compete with GSW, then what are we doing?"

THAT is the mentality (or lack of) that got BG traded. So thank you, its tough to say goodbye because we have had so many years with you. We've grown with you and grown accustomed to you... but, goodbye. And again, thank you.


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The only thing the front office shouldn't have done was the big screen presentation and the "Clipper for life" mantra when they got Blake to resign with us. There was no need for any of that whatsoever. Blake didn't want to leave LA and when CP3 bolted all we had to do was show Blake the money and it was a done deal without all the fluff and bullsh*t presentations. This was the only shiesty sh*t we did imo. Everything else is just business. He's still getting his max money and the team stood by his side during all the injuries and when he broke his hand on the trainer's face. Gonna miss dude on the Clipps though that's for sure


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Clemenza wrote:
The only thing the front office shouldn't have done was the big screen presentation and the "Clipper for life" mantra when they got Blake to resign with us. There was no need for any of that whatsoever. Blake didn't want to leave LA and when CP3 bolted all we had to do was show Blake the money and it was a done deal without all the fluff and bullsh*t presentations. This was the only shiesty sh*t we did imo. Everything else is just business. He's still getting his max money and the team stood by his side during all the injuries and when he broke his hand on the trainer's face. Gonna miss dude on the Clipps though that's for sure

Yea I agree with you, but they might have meant it. There was a thread on here not too long ago, [Blake is the ONE] and I remember distinctively saying, that he is the definitive leader on this team... He led us to a 8-10 seed. I do not care about injuries, injuries are part of the game (a big part of BGs game - too soon?)

BUT he did not get it done.

The team might've believed BG could've been a Clipper for life, and that this team led by him would be more competitive in the West - and we could add another CP-like piece to get back to the top. But instead our team struggled. No excuses, BG couldn't lead a team to even the mid tier in the west. So your business plan might change... that is reasonable.


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