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Blake Griffin announces retirement from NBA after long career

Blake Griffin, who was selected No. 1 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, announced his retirement from basketball after more than 12 seasons.

Griffin made his intentions clear for the future with a one-word social media post, accompanied by a lengthy statement pictured below.

“Finn,” Griffin captioned X’s post.

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Blake Griffin warms up before the Nets game

Blake Griffin of the Brooklyn Nets warms up before a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on March 23, 2022 in Tennessee. (Justin Ford/Getty Images)

Griffin, a six-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA selection, spoke of his feelings of “gratitude” after deciding to retire.

“I never imagined I’d be the guy who announces his retirement with ‘Letters to Basketball’…and I’m still not going to be that guy,” he began his statement. Ta. “But as I look back on my career, what I kept coming back to and wanting to express was gratitude.

“I’m grateful for every moment, not just the good things: the wins, the awards, the dunks, and the memorable times I spent with my family, friends, fans, teammates, and coaches. I continue to talk about the people here. There are many people who have contributed greatly to my career, but in this short letter I would like to thank my parents, Tommy and Gail, and my brother Taylor, for their unconditional support and guidance. It doesn’t have to be. Finally, we have agent Sam Goldfeder. He was a steady voice of reason and my consigliere during the war – thank you. ”

Known for his highlight-reel dunks since his days at the University of Oklahoma, Griffin has stunned numerous opponents over the years and achieved star status in the league.

One of his most famous dunks came against the New York Knicks, where it soared over center fielder Timofey Mozgov and ended up on a poster. Griffin’s vertical leaping ability was always on display, including this dunk from a screen to two feet outside the paint. And Griffin didn’t even make contact with the rim, just threw the ball straight down.

His dunking ability has wowed audiences for years, but during his five years with the Clippers from 2010 to 2015, he was an incredible scorer, averaging 21.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.

Griffin played eight seasons with the Clippers and was traded to the Detroit Pistons during the 2017-2018 season. He would average his career-highs 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.4 assists the following season, earning his sixth and final All-Star appearance.

Blake Griffin on the court

Blake Griffin’s dunking ability has wowed audiences for years. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio/File)

Unfortunately, those incredible jumps from the hardwoods were not without their share of injuries, which severely affected Griffin’s career in the final stages. He only appeared in 18 games in the 2019-2020 season and was moved to a bench role after being traded to the Brooklyn Nets during the 2020-2021 season.

“I’m just as grateful for the not-so-good moments: losses, injuries, too many surgeries, lessons, heartbreaks. And if you don’t acknowledge the ‘haters,’ it’s a sports retirement letter.” All of these experiences have made my 14 years in the league truly unforgettable and I am simply grateful,” Griffin’s statement continued.

“The game of basketball has given me so much in this life, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Last, but definitely not least, here’s the obligatory “Next. “I’m excited about the chapter” comes the part. Just kidding, me. “It’s over. ”

Griffin is referring to his 14 years in the league, but his rookie season was a disappointing one as a knee injury delayed his debut until the 2010-2011 season.

Blake Griffin warms up before a playoff game

Blake Griffin has announced his retirement from basketball. (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images/File)

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For his career, Griffin averaged 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game while shooting 49.3 percent from the field in 765 games.

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