Here's Why Blake Griffin Is Not Returning To The NBA

He hasn't officially retired, but Blake Griffin, who turns 35 in March, declined his Boston Celtics teammates' urging to return to the team this year. And according to head coach Joe Mazzulla, he gave him an emphatic reason why:

 “When he told me at the end of last year that his family was the most important thing, I stopped talking to him about it because I know what it’s like to be away from your kids and away from your family.”

Griffin is far from the high-flying Lob City player he was with the Los Angeles Clippers earlier in his career, and settled into more of an end-of-the-bench player last season, averaging less than 14 minutes in just 41 games for the Celtics, posting 4.1 points per contest.

At his peak, Griffin was one of the most exciting and explosive players in the NBA with six all-star appearances, a Slam Dunk championship, and consistently averaging over 20 points a game in his days with the Clippers, and then a couple of seasons with the Detroit Pistons.

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