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Celtics reveal they 'begged' Blake Griffin to return this season, but veteran 'enjoying life'

Steve Hewitt, Boston Herald on

Published in Basketball

While Blake Griffin didn’t play significant minutes for the Celtics last season, his value as a veteran presence and core member of the locker room was unquestioned. And when their playoff run ended in May, there was hope he would return.

During an appearance on the popular podcast “Pardon My Take” that aired on Monday, Payton Pritchard and Derrick White revealed that the Celtics tried to recruit Griffin to come back this season.

“We begged him to,” Pritchard said on the podcast. “We’ve been begging him to.”

“I think the whole team has been begging him to come back to Boston,” White added.

Pritchard, who was close with Griffin, said he texted him recently to jokingly ask him, “Coming back for one last ride?”

“He says he’s enjoying his life,” Pritchard said.

 

“Big Cat,” one of the hosts of “Pardon My Take,” then connected with Griffin via FaceTime during the podcast and repeated to him what Pritchard said.

“Yeah, we talk quite a bit,” Griffin said. “I’m just enjoying life right now, I guess.”

Griffin, of course, did not return and while he isn’t officially retired from basketball, it doesn’t seem likely – at least this season. Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla realized what Griffin’s priority was following last season, and acknowledged that a comeback was unlikely.

“I talked to him a little bit in the offseason, I talked to him I think one or two times when we were in LA, but when he told me at the end of last season that his family was the most important thing, I stopped talking to him about it because I know what it’s like to be away from your kids and be away from your family,” Mazzulla said. “So he was always going to make the decision that was best for him. …

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