Originally posted on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 11/17/11
With college basketball season finally tipping off, we’re running a number of previously published print features that documented a current NBA player during his NCAA come-up. Below you can read a Blake Griffin piece—originally from SLAM 122—penned while the power forward was hooping at Oklahoma, and you can find links to the other articles we’ve ran in this series at the bottom of this page.—Ed. by Michael Bradley Phil Martelli kept waiting for it. With each Oklahoma game he watched, the Saint Joseph’s coach searched for signs that Blake Griffin would crack. Double teams came at him from every angle. Nothing. Teammates missed shots. Not even a frown. It was obvious. The guy is just different. About five minutes after enrolling at OU, Griffin was already the most recognizable name in the program. As Martelli tried to figure out a way to stop the Sooners and their star freshman before their first-round NCAA match (Martelli couldn’t: OU won, 72-64), he wondered, Whe...
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