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Q&A with Phoenix Suns forward Taylor Griffin

Published: October 13, 2009
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Former OU forward Taylor Griffin, selected 48th in the draft by the Suns, returned to his hometown Monday night.

How many tickets did you need for the game?

I tried to get as many as I could. I probably could have used 30. I ranked everybody. You knew Mom and Dad would get the best two seats. It’s weird coming back. But it’s a great feeling.

Why is it weird?

It’s like I’m coming back as an outsider, playing for the other team. But it’s great to see everybody, great to be here.

Since second-round draft picks don’t receive guaranteed money, what is your situation making the roster?

I signed a contract with a partial guarantee. I get a certain amount. Chances are they probably won’t pay you a certain amount of money and then cut you. I’ll be here for awhile. (Editor’s note: The Suns will owe Griffin the full rookie minimum of $457,588 if he’s still on the roster in January).

Were you star struck the first time you played with Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire?

I’m not going to lie.