New Arrival Blake Griffin Reveals Kevin Durant Recruited Him the Most to Sign With Brooklyn Nets

Published 03/10/2021, 11:00 PM EST
Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) takes a shot during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets became a super team after trading for James Harden. But they lost a lot of depth in that trade. Since then, they have been aggressively pursuing all free agents, which led them to the signing of Blake Griffin.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The new arrival reunites with his former teammate DeAndre Jordan in Brooklyn, after playing together for over seven years. However, during a recent interview, Griffin revealed it wasn’t Jordan who recruited him the most.

“I talked to KD the most,” he said. “I’ve known James, KD, Kyrie, and DeAndre for a long time, so this is a familiar team for me.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

While Blake and KD haven’t been very public about their friendship previously, back in September 2020, he came to the aid of Durant. The former MVP was unnecessarily criticized by Perkins, so Griffin mocked Perkins, saying he was only doing it for the views.

DIVE DEEPER

“Killing the Dude for Views”: Pistons’ Star Bashes Kendrick Perkins for His Nasty Comments on Kevin Durant

9 months ago

Blake Griffin explains what role he will have at the Brooklyn Nets

The Nets signed Griffin as they were short on big men. They lost Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince in the Harden trade, and both of them were vital in their rotation. Griffin said he will now try to fill in into a similar role.

“As far as my conversation with coach Nash, I talked about coming in to fill those gaps. Be a short roller, be ready to facilitate, set screens, roll, pop. My focus is to dive into these first several games and see where I’m needed and fill those spots to help us achieve our goal,” he added.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Since last season, Griffin has been battling multiple injuries. He has lost his athleticism, which was the key aspect of his game. After the Clippers dumped him in Detroit, Griffin had a decent start to his career with the Pistons. In his first full season with them, he became an All-Star and was also part of the All-NBA Third Team.

If the Nets can help him find that form, they will be even more dominant. They are already thriving despite Durant not playing and will only improve when he comes. Add a healthy Griffin into the mix and the Nets are now a powerhouse. They are definitely the favorites for the title now, and it is unlikely that anyone gets in their way.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Aaron Mathew

1643 articles

Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT