For now, playing overseas not an option for Clippers' Blake Griffin

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: July 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm •  Published: July 21, 2011
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Count Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin among the few NBA stars who are not interested in playing overseas during a lengthy lockout.

For now.

While household names such as Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Dwyane Wade have publicly expressed their desire to compete internationally if the NBA work stoppage doesn't get settled soon, Griffin isn't ready to cross the water just yet.

“I haven't really looked into going over there and playing for a team,” Griffin said in a phone interview with The Oklahoman. “But you never say never. I don't know what kind of situations are out there. We'll see how the end of this offseason shapes up, and I'll probably make a decision from there.”

Griffin, the reigning Rookie of the Year and Slam Dunk champ, said he is optimistic that the league will reach a new deal on a collective bargaining agreement so the season is not lost.

“I hope so,” Griffin said. “I know all the players want to be playing. We don't want to miss the season, so hopefully it does get done and everything goes how it's supposed to.”

Griffin said he would only have interest in playing overseas under the right circumstances.

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