Blake Griffin’s first game at the Los Angeles Clippers since his blockbuster trade to the Detroit Pistons last season got off to an icy start before the game even started.
While Griffin was finishing his pregame routine, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer patiently waited on the sideline to offer a warm “welcome back” to the longtime face of his franchise. Except Griffin sprinted off the court the moment Ballmer took a step toward him.
Since it’s tough to completely assign a narrative that Griffin was trying to disrespect his former boss, let’s instead just say that the current Piston is clearly locked in for his return to the Clippers’ court. It’s possible that Griffin didn’t even notice Ballmer standing on the sideline.
Although it seems unlikely. It’s become commonplace for NBA teams to honor visiting longtime players. And Griffin…