For Immediate Release

Blake Griffin on his Season Ending Surgery

The following is a transcript of the news conference call held with Clippers rookie Blake Griffin on Thursday, January 14, 2010.


Griffin
On his feelings right now...
“Obviously I’m disappointed but its one of those things that’s better to take care of now and not have to deal with in the future. In the back of my mind this was always a possibility and I thought this might have to happen so making this decision was a little bit easier.”

On when he started to feel discomfort in the knee again...
“I felt some discomfort towards the end of last week. It was one of those things where I felt I could go but I would only be able to give 75 percent for the rest of the season. I would rather have this procedure and be 100 percent for next season.”

On his reaction to having surgery...
“I’ve had time to let this sink in. At first you ask why and you think this isn’t how I planned my first year to go. When I first got injured I didn’t think it would be season-ending because technically I haven’t started. This could be thought of as a debut prolonging injury. This injury is teaching me to be patient and that’s going to be a valuable lesson for me.”

On takling to Dunleavy...
“Coach talked to me yesterday and said it didn’t go the way we wanted it to but to attack the rehab process and turn it into something that’s not going to be a problem in the future.”

On the Clippers' recent injuries...
“I don’t think about it like that. Every team has injuries. When a player on the Clippers has an injury people say there goes another one but if you look at a guy like Michael Redd who had the same injury two years in a row and if he was on the Clippers people would talk differently about it. Injuries are a part of basketball and are a part of sports. I’m just going to have to deal with it and move on.”

On the Clippers' play as of late...
“We’ve beaten a lot of good teams and I haven’t been on the court. We have guys that can win games so it’s not like they need me out there to win.”

On when he first experienced pain...
“I can’t remember what day it was. I know I was doing some explosive stuff that I was cleared to do. I felt it a little bit so we backed off that day. I was doing some balancing on one leg in the pool and I could just tell that I wasn’t going to be 100 percent.”

On the recovery time...
“Four to six months is what I’ve been told. This isn’t a process where I’ll be sitting on a bed after the surgery. I’ll be on crutches for at least a week from what I understand. I’ll be able to get some movement in the area after the surgery so I’ll be at full force sometime this summer.”

On his options after the injury...
“There were two options. The first was to let it heal on its own because it was the quickest way to get me back on the court and the second was surgery. We gave the first one a try because it was the thoughts of multiple doctors.”

On having a full recovery once the surgery is performed...
“Yes I will be fully recovered once I have surgery. There’s nothing structurally wrong with my knee. We just have to take care of the problem so that’s its no longer a problem in the future.”

On the silver lining of the injury...
“For me it relieves any expectations I have for this season. I’m now looking forward to next season. I have a lot more time to work for next season and I’ll be prepared.”

On his Rookie season...
“I’ll have an entire rookie season next year. Hopefully I won’t have to get donuts or wear a back pack next season.”

On whether this is the longest he's ever been out of basketball...
“This is the longest I’ve been out of basketball. The longest I was out before this was thirteen days so this one definitely tops them all.”