The Brooklyn Nets officially announced Blake Griffin as their new player on Monday, a couple of days after the Detroit Pistons parted ways with the player, ending a 3-year tenure in Motor City. Griffin's signing is a boost for the already powerful Nets, as he's ready to pursue that championship he couldn't get with the Clippers and even less with the Pistons.
The Nets weren't his only option to chase that ring, though, as he has opportunities to return to Los Angeles with both the Lakers and Clippers interested in acquiring his services. He chose the Nets with James Harden, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Durant to continue his career. It seems like a very easy option to make but some fans didn't think that. During a recent AMA session with Bleacher Report, the 31-year-old discussed why he decided to take his talents to New York when he had the opportunity to go to L.A.
Why did you choose Brooklyn?
They have a need for a four-man. I've always had a lot of respect for Steve Nash and all of the guys that they have. Sean Marks has done great job there. It was a tough decision and I wanted to be on a team that was contending.
He had the chance to get revenge with the Clippers after failing to get the job done alongside Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan. Still, he wanted new airs and the Nets offer that, plus he wanted to play under Steve Nash and his prior relationship with Jordan also helped him.
Was your friendship with DeAndre Jordan a big factor in joining Brooklyn?
We go way back. Anybody who you're that familiar with, it always makes it easier. That definitely played a part.
Talking about his time with the Clippers, Griffin revealed that his favorite moment with the Californians happened when they found out about Donald Sterling's racist comments and how that inspired the fans and the team to be united against their controversial owner.
What was your favorite moment while playing on the Clippers?
When the whole mess with Donald Sterling happened and we were playing Golden State in I think Game 5 at home. When we came out of the tunnel everyone was wearing black shirts. That moment was really special and we went on to win that series. We didn't know what we were going to do, but at the end of the day we never felt like we were going out there to play for this guy. We weren't gonna boycott the game. To go out there and not play would sort of let all our fans down. We worked so hard to get to that point so we didn't want to take that away from ourselves, but we did want to make a stand and show unity in that decision.
Blake talked about more topics, even remembering his time as one of the most electrifying dunkers in the association. He was asked to create the best dunk contest of all time and his answer was really good.
6-man Dunk Contest of players in their prime, who would you pick to be in that contest?
Vince Carter, Michael Jordan, Aaron Gordon, Zach LaVine, Dominique Wilkins, Nate Robinson
He also touched on his favorite player growing up, which was, as you could imagine, His Airness Michael Jordan. The Chicago Bulls legend was the idol of a lot of players and the 2011 Rookie of the Year wasn't the exception.
Who was your favorite player growing up?
Michael Jordan. I was a big Vince Carter fan and then when I got a little bit older LeBron, Kobe.
This man is ready to start a new chapter in his career and even though he's not the same player who dunked in every play, he can be a great addition for the Nets. The New Yorkers finished the first half of the season inspired and they hope to continue that way now that they added another big name to the roster.
If you want to see more, take a look at the whole session on Bleacher Report.