Doc Rivers says the Clippers will not trade Blake Griffin
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin addressed the media Tuesday for the first time since breaking his hand in January.
Griffin has not played for the Clippers since Dec. 25. He was initially sidelined with a quad injury, but then sustained multiple fractures in his right hand after punching team equipment manager Matias Testi in late January. Griffin’s initial recovery timetable was listed as 4–6 weeks, but the team is still unsure of when he will return.
Other than a statement, Griffin had not spoken publicly about the matter until Tuesday, when he apologized to fans for his actions after a Clippers practice. Griffin said he was “truly, truly sorry” for the incident.
Blake Griffin just spoke to media and apologized for his actions, said his relationship with Matias Testi was salvageable.— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) February 16, 2016
Griffin, voice shaking, apologized to LAC fans. Said he regrets decisions he made that night and he's spoken to Matias Testi multiple times— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) February 16, 2016
Blake Griffin said he did not need anger management courses.— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) February 16, 2016
Blake Griffin said his hand was better but was still wearing a black wrap on it.— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) February 16, 2016
Blake Griffin: "That's something I think about every day and I wish I could take it back."— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) February 17, 2016
Blake Griffin said hardest part was knowing he let teammates, organization, fans and family down.— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) February 17, 2016
Clippers coach and general manager Doc Rivers also addressed the media, telling reporters the team will not trade Griffin. The forward has been the subject of numerous rumors with the NBA’s trade deadline approaching Thursday.
The Clippers are fourth in the Western Conference with a record of 35–18. Los Angeles is 18–5 without Griffin since Christmas day.