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Blake Griffin opens up about critics, improvement

staff reports Published: February 11, 2014
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photo - Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, and center DeAndre Jordan laugh during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, and center DeAndre Jordan laugh during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Former Oklahoma star Blake Griffin sat down with the Los Angeles Times to talk about how his six-month-old son has helped him bring perspective to his much-criticized basketball career, as well as how he's dealt with the criticism of his game.


"Being a dad made me realize what's most important to me," Griffin told the Times. "All the negative talk and all the criticism, I've really blocked it out and really just put all my energy and focus in trying to get better."

One of his most vocal critics - TNT analyst Charles Barkley - has even admitted that Griffin stepped his game up in the absence of Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, leading the Clippers to at 12-6 record without their all-world leader.

Griffin says his game has matured, and the numbers show, with his shooting accuracy up and the Clippers in the hunt for the best record in the Western Conference.

"Blake Griffin has an all-around game now," Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "He faces the basket, can post up and he's able to hit the jump shot from 15 to 17 feet."

See this story on touch.latimes.com