13-year NBA vet Blake Griffin announces retirement

After an illustrious 13-season career in the NBA, veteran forward Blake Griffin has officially announced his retirement from professional basketball.

“I never envisioned myself as the guy who would have a ‘letter to basketball’ retirement announcement … and I’m still not going to be that guy. But as I reflected on my career, the one feeling I kept coming back to and the thing I wanted to express was thankfulness,” wrote Griffin on Instagram.

“I’m thankful for every single moment – not just the good ones: the wins, the awards, the dunks and the memorable time spent with family, friends, fans, teammates, and coaches.”

The announcement came on Tuesday, with Griffin expressing deep gratitude towards his parents, Tommy and Gail, as well as his brother, Taylor, for their unwavering support and guidance throughout his journey in the league.

Griffin’s impressive career saw him don the jerseys of the Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets, and Boston Celtics. Known for his versatility on the court, he averaged 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists while shooting an impressive 49.3% from the field.

His list of accolades includes six All-Star selections, five All-NBA honors, and the prestigious 2010-11 Rookie of the Year award. His final season in the NBA was with the Boston Celtics in 2022-23.

A standout player during his college days at Oklahoma, Griffin was named the college player of the year in 2008-09 after averaging an impressive 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds. His talent was undeniable, leading him to declare for the NBA draft after just two seasons with the Sooners.

Selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the Clippers in the 2009 draft, Griffin faced adversity early on, missing his entire rookie season due to a knee injury.

Despite battling injuries throughout his career, Griffin remained a force to be reckoned with on the court. He openly acknowledged the challenges he faced, including numerous surgeries, setbacks, and criticism from detractors. However, he embraced both the highs and lows of his journey, recognizing the valuable lessons learned along the way.

In his prime, Griffin was considered one of the league’s top power forwards, showcasing his dominance with impressive double-double averages in points and rebounds. His electrifying dunks became a signature part of his game, culminating in a memorable victory at the 2011 dunk contest where he leaped over a car to secure the title.

Griffin’s impact on the NBA will be long remembered, with his legacy as a dynamic and influential player firmly established.

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