Clippers power forward Blake Griffin is congratulated by West teammate… (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)
That's what the Jazz players call Blake Griffin, according to someone considered all-world himself, point guard Deron Williams.
On Sunday, after a jam-packed All-Star weekend schedule of events and, well, jams, Captain Planet was spinning much slower.
"The last time I was this tired?" Griffin said. "Man, it's a good question. I have no idea. Probably training camp … I can barely move right now. I'm pretty tired. But it was great getting that win."
Griffin played 14-plus minutes in the All-Star game, finishing with eight points, five rebounds and five assists. He also had an assist from the Staples Center fans who chanted, "We want Blake!" This was at the start of the fourth quarter, and West Coach Gregg Popovich complied.
"It was cool, really cool," Griffin said. "Actually to get recognition from the fans like that. And I thought they [his teammates] were all looking at me like, 'Why aren't you going to go in?' I didn't know that was the protocol; you get up immediately."
Griffin was joking. He also said he and Kevin Love teased Kobe Bryant about grabbing all of their rebounds, saying, "That's supposed to be us getting 14 rebounds or whatever it is."
Griffin and Williams had instant chemistry
"I haven't really played with anybody who, you can just throw it up anywhere, and they will get it," Williams said. "I'm used to having guys where I pass it on the ground and let them go to work.
"His all-around game is phenomenal. I don't see many weaknesses in his game. He doesn't really know how to play the game yet. I heard Charles Barkley talking about it the other day. … He's already unstoppable, but it's going to be worse."
Everyone was still buzzing about Griffin's dunk Saturday night in which he dunked over a car. He won the dunk contest and said he would give the trophy to the family of his late friend, Wilson Holloway. He left immediately after the game to fly to Oklahoma City for Holloway's funeral Monday.
Griffin auditioned the dunk Thursday for the NBA and anxious Clippers executives. He had the last and best word, according to those on hand.
He easily completed the dunk, calmly looked at everyone and said, "Happy?"