Blake Griffin's return to Los Angeles is going about as expected thus far. The Pistons forward is underachieving with his new team, the Detroit Pistons, which currently sit on the outside looking in of the Eastern Conference playoff chase. Along with this disappointment, Griffin is facing the return to Los Angeles to face his former team, the Clippers.
Griffin has been outspoken on his tumultuous exit from LA, and felt lied to by owner Steve Ballmer and coach Doc Rivers. When Ballmer approached Griffin for a friendly greeting prior to the Pistons-Clippers matchup, Blake was having none of it.
As Blake finished his warmup, Steve Ballmer was on the sideline watching and waiting. When Ballmer saw Griffin finish, he started walking towards him. Blake saw Ballmer and sped up, running away to the Pistons locker room as Ballmer yelled “Blake! Blake!” with his hand out.— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) January 12, 2019
Griffin was told he was in the long-term plans of the Clippers just before he was dealt to Detroit, leaving a bad taste in his mouth. It's tough to blame LA for trading Griffin on the outset, as the oft-injured big man is signed to a huge contract.
The ability to get that money off their books was too enticing for Ballmer and co. to pass up, but the lack of remorse and respect shown to Blake on his way out didn't help matters.
Griffin will be greeted warmly by Clippers fans at Staples Center. Surely he'll appreciate that fact, but Blake will hold a grudge against the LA front office for the foreseeable future.