Blake Griffin is becoming a liability for Los Angeles Clippers management. NBA Trade Rumors: should Clippers get rid of Griffin?
On Tuesday, the team reported that the Power Forward broke a bone in his shooting hand while throwing a punch at a Clippers staff member.
Griffin has featured in only 30 of the team’s 46 games this season. And just four games back from a quadriceps injury that kept him out since December, the former No 1 draft pick reportedly got tangled in a fight with a member of the team’s equipment staff outside a restaurant.
Are the Clippers better off without Griffin? On paper, they are. Doc Rivers’ team has a 11-3 record with Griffin sidelined, solidifying its hold on home-court advantage in Round 1 of the playoffs.
After ESPN first reported the incident, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register also confirmed that Griffin hit an employee of the Clippers.
Team’s image tarnished?
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, comes from an illustrious corporate background. Such incidents don’t bode well for the team’s image, from a PR standpoint.
“This conduct has no place in our organization and this incident does not represent who we are as a team,” Ballmer and head coach Rivers said in a statement released by the team. “We are conducting a full investigation with assistance from the NBA. At the conclusion of the investigation, appropriate action will be taken.”
Early reports project Griffin to miss at least 4-6 weeks. That would essentially mean closer to March first week when the Clippers would be into the last 20 games of their regular season. The five-time All-Star broke the fourth metacarpal in his right hand, an injury that typically doesn’t need too much rehabilitation.
Several media outlets have tried to get a hold of Griffin’s agent for a reaction. However, Griffin is yet to justify his actions. The 26-year-old is averaging 23.7 points and 8.7 rebounds this season.
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— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) January 27, 2016