Former OU star Taylor Griffin has appeared in two games with the Phoenix Suns, playing seven minutes. During two stints in the D-League, Griffin averaged 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in a dozen games with the Iowa Energy. Taylor is the older brother of Blake Griffin, the No. 1 overall pick who has been sidelined his rookie season after undergoing knee surgery.
→What’s your rookie season been like?
I’ve been trying to learn a lot. I’ve been doing a lot of individual work. I’m a basketball player. It’s tough to sit and watch. But that’s part of it. I’m learning a lot being around the team.
→How do you see your future the next few years?
Play in the NBA, hopefully play more. This summer is a big summer for me. I’ll try to play a lot of pickup ball with NBA guys, get more comfortable, work on my skill set.
→What’s the latest on your brother, Blake?
I talk to him quite a bit, yesterday actually. He’s doing OK. It’s the same old thing. Rehab every day. They say probably by the end of the season, in another month and a half, he’ll be able to do some on-court stuff.
→What are your views of OU’s disappointing season?
It’s tough to see them struggle like that. But they have a really young team. That comes with experience. I know coach (Jeff) Capel is doing everything he can. It’s just going to take some time.
→Blake said LA traffic is ridiculous. How’s traffic in Phoenix?
I’m lucky. When I have to get (veterans) doughnuts, Krispy Kreme is right on the way. It takes three minutes. Phoenix is really nice. It was 77 degrees one day last week.