From his first season with the Pistons, Blake Griffin said he felt at home in Detroit. More at home than he ever felt in Los Angeles, where he spent the first eight seasons of his career.
"The people (of Michigan) remind me much more of people from back home in Oklahoma," Griffin said in 2018. "Everyone’s genuinely interested in just being nice."
Now the Oklahoma native is off to another big city to play for the Nets, after agreeing to a buyout last week with the Pistons. He was asked Monday during a chat with fans on the Bleacher Report app what he'll miss most about Detroit.
"The people," Griffin said. "I have great relationships with not just people in the organization but with people in Michigan in general."
Griffin also said in 2019 that he preferred his game-day routine in Michigan because he didn't feel 'trapped' like he sometimes did in LA.
"During the season, I go to practice, I come home, I eat, I take a nap and I watch basketball, almost every single day. I love it. And in Michigan it is awesome because I have an awesome backyard and I don’t feel trapped. I can go drive places," he said.
As for why he chose the Nets over other potential suitors like the Lakers, Griffin said Monday, "They have a need for a four-man. I've always had a lot of respect for (head coach) Steve Nash and all of the guys that they have. (General manager) Sean Marks has done a great job there. It was a tough decision and I wanted to be on a team that was contending."