Reporting From Atlanta — He was hardly in the mood to celebrate All-Star status, not after the Clippers lost to the Hawks by a point.
But Blake Griffin on Friday managed to reflect on his journey and his official arrival, joining elite NBA company. He is the first rookie All-Star selection since Yao Ming in 2003.
"It means a lot to me," said Griffin, who sat out last season because of knee surgery. "The best part is I owe all of this to my teammates and to our coaching staff. Everybody involved in trying to help me get back.
"Without them, I wouldn't be anywhere. So I share this with them."
He said he didn't have a feeling, one way or the other, on whether he would get in.
"To be honest, I didn't put a lot of thought into it," he said. "Not that I didn't care, but it was out of my hands. It was one of those things. I appreciate being voted in."