As the relationship between media personnel and NBA stars continues to be explored, Blake Griffin took a different approach with the media at his end-of-the-season news conference.
The Detroit Pistons star chose kindness and shook hands with every member of the media and wished them a great summer on Tuesday.
— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) April 23, 2019
Griffin’s well wishes come nearly a week after Russell Westbrook and Paul George responded “Next question” to reporters following the Oklahoma City Thunder’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The pair’s comments were later called “dangerous” by Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
In his news conference following the Warriors 113-105 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Kerr said, “I just feel that we have to be very careful as a league. I think it’s important for the players to understand that it’s a key dynamic to this league. I don’t think this is a healthy dynamic, for this league, for any player, any team, any local media, any national media.”
In the game following his response, Westbrook was a bit more friendly with Berry Tramel, the reporter who Westbrook ignored originally.
When asked about the team’s defensive effort Westbrook responded by complimenting the question.
After Game 4 loss to Blazers, Thunder's Russell Westbrook (14 points, 5-21 shooting, minus-17) alters his "next question" strategy in stand-off with OKC reporter: "Uh, that's a good question. Um. Not sure." pic.twitter.com/c0PSt3y5RP
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 22, 2019
Griffin’s approach to the media was different and lauded by fans. He took his kindness a step further by posting a thank you message to fans on Instagram.
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