Blake Griffin clarified what went down with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer before Saturday's game between Detroit and Los Angeles tipped off. Griffin told the media after things wrapped up that he wasn't doing anything that was meant to serve as a slight against Ballmer.
Ballmer waited on the sideline for Griffin to finish his early warmups and as Griffin began walking off court, Ballmer stuck out his right hand.
Blake Griffin didn't disappoint in his return to Los Angeles.
Blake Griffin is truly a Detroit Pistons player now!
Griffin and the Pistons beat his old team, 109-104, with the All-Star forward stuffing the stat sheet, going for 44 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals, and a block.
You can't blame Griffin if he did not want to reminisce with Ballmer about his time in Los Angeles, which ended on a bad note.
"There was a lot of hype coming into this game and I was looking forward to it, but I'm glad that it's over", Griffin said.
Griffin, who had been the Clippers' No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, had just signed a five-year, $171 million deal with the team before last season. The Clippers traded him in January 2018 to Detroit for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, the No. 12 pick in the 2018 National Basketball Association draft and a 2019 second-round pick. "The next time I come it won't be as insane". Griffin came into Saturday's game averaging a career-high 25.1 points per game.