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Scary news for the NBA: Blake Griffin 2.0 is on the way

He might have averaged 22.5 points per game, but Blake Griffin admits he didn't know much about playing in the NBA a year ago. This summer the Clippers' star has been working to improve every aspect of his game.
by Jenni Carlson Published: August 3, 2011

Blake Griffin has some disturbing news for the rest of the NBA.

He didn't know much about playing in the league a year ago.

Sure, he averaged 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 2.6 dunks a game as a league newbie, became the first unanimous winner of Rookie of the Year in more than two decades, jumped over a car to win the Slam Dunk Contest and made all of it look ridiculously easy.

But on the afternoon Griffin met with the media during his youth basketball camp, the Oklahoma City native admitted he had to learn as he went last season.

“A year ago today, I obviously hadn't had any games under my belt and I was still rehabbing,” said Griffin, who was still working to strengthen a surgically repaired left knee that had sidelined him for an entire season. “That was the biggest thing — all last summer, I had to rehab and make sure my knee was ready. This summer, it's all been about skill work and improving in every aspect.

“Hopefully, the improvement I make is significant.”

Brace yourself, NBA.

Blake 2.0 is on the way.

Perhaps this will be the motivation that the owners and the players need to end this lockout. A longer break means more time for Big Blake to work on his skills and improve his game.

That can't be good news for anyone who has to face this guy.

After all, he took the league by storm last season as a newbie. I mean, people knew he was going to be good — he was the national college player of the year in his final season at Oklahoma and the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft — but could anyone have foreseen he'd be this good?

What he did this past season was stunning.

He transitioned to the NBA with such ease, and yet, he played with such force. The way he got to the basket. The way he blocked shots. The way he dunked. He just destroyed opponents.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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