Blake Griffin was born and raised in and around Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Griffin is a devout evangelical (or born-again) Christian who considers himself “saved” since age six. He and his brother, Taylor, were home schooled until Blake was in eighth grade. His father, a pastor, said:
[Home schooling] gave them a foundation. We’ve deviated [in America] from our past to where we are right now. Here’s a nation founded on the opportunity for freedom of religion, and every time you look around, there’s people saying God has to be taken out of this, out of this.
After the home schooling came to a close, Griffin finished out the rest of high school at Oklahoma Christian School. And when he went to college and made the basketball team, he quickly joined the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
After a successful college career, Griffin made the number 1 draft pick to the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers. During pre-season, however, he broke his kneecap and couldn’t play his first NBA season. But God came to the rescue of Griffin’s attitude. Blake said:
I was just excited about the opportunity to play in the NBA. I was ready to go, but everything came crashing down, so to speak. But these things happen. That was God’s way of just humbling me.
It clearly worked out, because at the publishing of this article, Griffin is one of the most celebrated young players in basketball.
B-ball and presidential politics
Blake seems largely non-political. It would be a fallacy to assume his devotion to Christianity would dictate a conservative political position, but it does happen from time to time.
One thing we do know about Griffin is that Obama is watching him. The president, a big fan of professional basketball, said of Griffin:
Blake Griffin is unbelievable… the only thing is you got to tell Blake to just take that 12-15-footer when he gets it because he’s got a good stroke, but he always looks like he’s hesitating a little bit because he wants to go inside. And if he starts getting that shot like Karl Malone, he’ll be unstoppable.
No response from Griffin that I could find… maybe he really is a conservative. Give us your thoughts in the comments.
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