The following excerpt appeared in Bill Simmons’ most recent NBA preview column, which was posted on October 23rd:
Griffin is the luckiest blue-chipper since them: not only does he play for a potential playoff team, but he doesn’t have to fight with someone for minutes or carry the scoring load. He just has to worry about running the floor, rebounding and finishing. A cushy situation, to say the least. For once, it appears as if becoming a Clipper was the BEST thing that could have happened to someone.
(Note: Please don’t e-mail this paragraph to me in three weeks if Blake is rolling around on the floor holding his right ankle. Thank you.)
Unfortunately for Blake Griffin, Clippers fans, and basketball fans in general, the following headline appeared on ESPN.com this morning: “Clippers’ Griffin has broken kneecap, out weeks.”
Well that sucks.
As a Hoosier fan, the Clippers have become one of the NBA teams I follow due to Eric Gordon. I was very excited about the potential for the Clips to be a much improved team this year with the dynamic Griffin running the floor and providing a uniquely big and athletic presence on both ends.
Now it looks like we will have to wait (most likely six weeks). And it’s all Bill Simmons’ fault.
Sure, Simmons said his “ankle,” and said “three weeks,” but still. Perhaps the recent catastrophe at his D.C. book signing was karmic payback for jinxing Blake Griffin and making Clippers fans feel worse than they already do.
Probably not. Griffin is, after all, a Clipper…which makes him infinitely more prone to jinxes and freakish injury than anyone other than a Madden cover boy. I hope Eric Gordon is plotting his exit as quickly as humanly possible, if he can get out alive.
Still, the proximity of Simmons’ article and Griffin’s injury make such a connection obvious. I’m just glad Simmons isn’t a college basketball fan so he can’t talk about how Christian Watford and Maurice Creek are in great, “cushy” situations at Indiana, and then…
Well you know the rest.
Get well soon Blake. Few rookies promise the excitement and immediate impact of a guy like Blake Griffin. He was averaging 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in the preseason after averaging 22.7 points and 14.4 rebounds per game last year in college.
Let’s just hope it’s not something that lingers. Like franchise-wide jinxes and offhand jokes about injuries in Sports Guy columns…