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Report: Griffin to play in Rookie/Sophomore game

Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:27 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Blake Griffin could be headed for another hectic All-Star Weekend as he's already been voted in a starter for the Western Conference, has been named in the Rookie/Sophomore game and might participate in the dunk contest.

Griffin said recently that "last year was hectic and it kind of made it unenjoyable" so that would make one think he'd scale back on his participation. But according to the O.C. Register, Griffin will indeed play in the now titled "Rising Stars Challenge" on Friday night.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin was one of 18 first and second-year players selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge Friday night during All-Star Weekend in Orlando. And despite already being named a starter for the Western Conference in the big game, Griffin will still participate in the Rising Stars game, a team source confirmed Wednesday.

The two teams will be selected by Shaq and Charles Barkley and Griffin will almost assuredly be the top pick. At least that's where I have him on my big board. The draft will take place on NBATV Feb. 16.

With Griffin playing in the Rising Stars game, that would likely cancel him out for the dunk contest, if what he said is true about doing less this season. Because last year in Los Angeles, Griffin did all three and was obviously worn out from the weekend. He hinted that he might consider the dunk contest when asked, but I wouldn't bet on it now. I'm actually a bit surprised he's playing in the Rising Stars game, really.

The game is on Friday, Feb. 24.

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