Blake Griffin has played video games for more than half of his life.

His digital likeness has appeared in at least one game over the last six years (twice in college while at Oklahoma and four since he was selected first overall by the Clippers in 2009). This season, Griffin, along with fellow young superstars Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose, is a video game cover athlete for the first time as a professional, gracing the cover of NBA 2K13.

After accomplishing as much as the organization did last year, a great deal of optimism loomed for the Clippers as the summer progressed. After acquiring Chris Paul last December, they did the best job possible of composing a roster ready for battle alongside Blake Griffin and Paul. The mentality reminded me of how I pick my fantasy football team: Do I pick the best players available or do I get the positions I need? In a year where the offseason was fewer than two weeks, you don’t have a choice.

The Los Angeles Clippers Foundation partnered with 1-800LoanMart and Feed The Children Saturday to host “Feed the Community,” an event that provided food for 1,200 South Los Angeles families in need at the Salvation Army Seimon Family Youth and Community Center. The event was part of the Clippers NBA Cares Week of Service.

The preseason is over. Finally.

But while the eight-game, three-week exhibition schedule that spanned more than 15,000 miles of global travel may have seemed exhausting, the Clippers and Head Coach Vinny Del Negro believe it was merely the start of a season-long process.

The depth and versatility on the new-look Clippers bench is most often celebrated because of its three high-profile additions: scoring dynamo Jamal Crawford, playmaking forward Lamar Odom, veteran seven-time All-Star Grant Hill. Even young mainstay, point guard Eric Bledsoe, who scored a game-high 22 points with 11 assists and nine steals Wednesday against the Lakers, is becoming a more and more identifiable member of a bench that Head Coach Vinny Del Negro says at full strength could be as good as anyone.

DENVER–For much of Thursday’s 106-94 win over the Denver Nuggets, the Clippers looked primed for the regular season.

Blake Griffin scored 25 points with 11 rebounds in 29 minutes, Chris Paul recorded his first preseason double-double with 10 points and 12 assists a game after sitting out to rest a sore right thigh, and Caron Butler added 16 points, including 12 in the third quarter.