Tips from the Blake Griffin School of Basketball Success

Dave AswatContributor IFebruary 26, 2011

Tips from the Blake Griffin School of Basketball Success

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    In November, some astute fantasy league owners would have turned their attention to the delayed arrival of one Blake Griffin. Remembering the high flying fearless nature in which he started in the preseason of his initial year, only to be felled by a knee injury, they bided time in the draft collecting the usual suspects.

    LeBron: check; Kobe: check; Dwight: check; etc, etc. I suspect that those who drafted Blake at the six or seventh pick must have raised a few eyebrows.

    Now that pick looks like a remarkable bit of clairvoyance as the young gun has been quietly turning out the league and raking up accolades and fans everywhere like only Michael Jordan did.

    Attendance is up significantly in away games for the Los Angeles Clippers as people turn out to see the guy play. What's the secret and what can new rookies learn from Blake's half-term in the NBA?

Train Like a Madman

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    That signature athleticism has become his calling card, but it didn't come without a price.

    Want hops? Get the work in, train as hard as you can while your body is at its prime for responsiveness and gains.

Do Something to Capture the Fans' Imagination

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    Most rooks come into the league with a signature move. A crossover, a silky smooth shot, blinding pace...in Griff's case he's chosen to dunk the ball as hard as he can whenever he can!

    I would say that works well! Fearless dunking and sometimes unbelievable highlights have placed this kid on everyone's lips.

    Now the Clippers are somewhat relevant again and every highlight show is about the next Griff posterization.

Win Over and Rally Your Teammates

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    Over course, the other players in the league aren't going to stand for being dunked on without dealing out some punishment of their own, as we see here.

    Blake will need his teammates to get in the mix with him and protect him when necessary. Baron Davis was leading that charge before being dealt, it stands to see how the remaining teammates will back Blake up.

Adapt

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots over Lamar Odom #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 108-95.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackno
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    The truth of the matter is the young fella needs to develop a mid-range game if he is to be even more effective and stave off injury.

    Jordan faced the same issues after teams decided to hit him more often. He then went on to develop one of the deadliest perimeter games in the NBA and extend his career and save his body some punishment.

    Having already had one knee surgery, it may be wise for Griffin to do the same, and signs are that he has already begun the process. A more consistent jumper will actually allow for more of the highlight dunks as opposing defenders will have to play more honest defense. The resulting space on the floor will make Griffin happy.

Stay Humble and Keep Working

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers and the Western Conference moves the ball against Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks and the Eastern Conference in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center on Februa
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    One All-Star appearance doesn't make a Hall of Fame career. Keep working hard and great things will abound.

    Looking forward to the upcoming seasons...