Griffin adjusting to speed in NBA
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.