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Roster fight ‘nerve racking’ for Taylor Griffin

Darnell Mayberry Modified: July 14, 2009 at 4:38 am •  Published: July 14, 2009

’s being asked to shoot more than he has been relied on in any of the past four seasons, and he’s now forced to defend swifter players. On Monday, he was matched up against former Oregon standout Luke Jackson and former Vanderbilt guard Shan Foster, two players known as sharpshooters.

"I want to change my game as quickly as possible, but I do feel like I have some time to develop,” Griffin said. "I think I can. It’s just I’ve been so used to playing the forward position the last four years.

"But I’ve grown a lot since the end of the season, working out as a (small forward) and playing the small forward position. I’m shooting from farther out and shooting the NBA 3 and my handle has gotten a lot better. So I think with my work ethic I’m going to keep improving.”

Griffin knows it’ll be tough to stick with the Suns, calling the process of fighting for a roster spot "nerve racking.” But he’s remaining optimistic about his chances and hoping that his hard work indeed pays off like it has so many times for him in the past.

"You got to enjoy the whole journey of it,” Griffin said. "It’s a great position to be in. So I’m just working my butt off and hoping for the best.”