Blake Griffin has no hard feelings on Chris Paul for leaving Clippers
A day later, Blake Griffin made the choice to stay with the Clippers on a five-year, $173 million deal. This immediately brought up the question as to how it would affect the standing relationship between Paul and Griffin.
During the Clippers’ press conference on Tuesday for many of their offseason moves, Griffin made it clear that he holds no animosity toward his former teammate, via Pro Basketball Talk.
“No hard feelings,” said Griffin, a five-time All-Star. “I think we’re all professional enough to know and we’ve all been in the situation now to know sometimes you have to do what’s right and what’s best for yourself and your family. I’ve never had hard feelings with any of my teammates who decided to leave or felt like it was best to leave. I wouldn’t start now.”
Despite past reports that the two All-Stars had conflict, Griffin decided to take the professional route with the situation. Griffin and Paul had experienced much success together with the Clippers making six straight playoff appearances including two Pacific Division titles.
It may not be what Griffin had hoped would transpire this offseason, but he can’t hold any personal strife against Paul for making a decision that he believes is best for his career moving forward. That said, the 28-year-old now has an opportunity to lead the Clippers to success now as the unquestioned face of the franchise.
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