Blake Griffin chalked up his decision to bow out of competition for a spot on the U.S. men's national basketball team that will compete in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain next month to a desire "to focus and dedicate 100 percent of my energy on improving and preparing for the upcoming season with the [Los Angeles] Clippers." As it turns out, though, there's another reason why the All-NBA Second Team forward pulled out.
— Dan Devine
Find out what the Clippers star has been up to during his offseason.
Playing some beach volleyball
@blakegriffin32: “great day of vball yesterday thanks to my 'brate' @sashavujacic for the set. and shoutout to the whole 7th street beach crew! #nekotoodgorevidisve” (Instagram/Blake Griffin)
Hanging out with his adorable dog
@blakegriffin32: “this jerk got a new memory foam bed nicer than mine and won't share.... typical teenager #dogyears” (Instagram/Blake Griffin)
Vacationing in Croatia
@blakegriffin32: “Summer in Croatia” (Instagram/Blake Griffin)
Reminiscing on the time he dressed up as Drake
@blakegriffin32: “tbt to that one time I started from the bottom” (Instagram/Blake Griffin)
Spending time with his business manager and friend Lorne Clark
@blakegriffin32: “happy birthday to this guy @lorneclark the worlds greatest business manager. wouldn't be where I am today without you. enjoy it brother. #crossfit #riprip” (Instagram/Blake Griffin)