Well the basketball gods have blessed us with another wonderful nba season and I am already disappointed at what I see in terms of Blake Griffins development as a complete basketball player. Granted it was the first game of the season and it might take him a little bit of time to show what he has worked on over the summer. That’s the nice side speaking. Now here is the real side about to speak. Blake Griffin has been a pain in my side for far too long. He has to be top 3 in the NBA as far as physical ability goes. He has the most explosive jumping ability since Shawn Kemp and Dominique Wilkens. Everyone thought he would develop a mid range shot and some post moves by now. I certainly expected him to at least be able to come up with something other than just jumping in the air all of the time. If you are reading this and thinking that I hate Blake Griffin,you would be mistaken. I am upset because he really does have the talent and the temperament to be a top player in the NBA. I feel what would be a great thing for him to do would be to look at himself and ask what do I need to do on my part to get my team to the finals.
In order for the Clippers to be more than just a team that is fun to watch Blake Griffin will have to become one of the top 20 players in this league. He must be able to play with his back to the basket. He has to develop that midrange jumpshot. He must be able to defend even though he is under sized at that position. I was very excited to see what he worked on this summer. Up to this point it looks like he has not been able to really grasp the basics of playing basketball. Blake Griffin’s stats are very solid. Its the things that are not on paper that really make him a liability. He is a stud and one of my favorite players to watch. That is why I am not giving him the benefit of the doubt. I have a simple fix for his problems. Wait for it….Slow down! He needs to slow down. When you slow down you tend to do things on the court that makes sense. I know you have heard the saying”Slow down and you will speed up”. What it means is if a person slows down to grasp a concept properly(whether in basketball or life) their development in that arena will speed up. I teach this to the young basketball players I train. With all of that said lets see how things turn out further in the season. Put the work in, Get the work out.