When the Detroit Pistons announced that they would be shutting Blake Griffin down in hopes to find a trade partner or reach a buyout agreement, NBA fans knew that championship contenders would be knocking down Griffin’s door in hopes to acquire the six-time All-Star.
Major suitors included the Warriors, Lakers, and Heat but ultimately Griffin decided to roll with the Brooklyn Nets, despite the fact that they could not offer him the most money. On Monday, he detailed why Brooklyn was his first choice.
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Blake Griffin Reveals Why He Chose Nets
“They have a need for a 4-man. I’ve always had a lot of respect for Steve Nash and all of the guys they have,” Blake Griffin told Bleacher Report via NetsDaily.
“Sean Marks has done a great job there. It was a tough decision and I wanted to be on a team that was contending.”
Above all else, what drove Griffin to the Empire State over the other contenders is the fact that they look more poised to win a championship than any other team, even if their record reflects otherwise.
“My only goal is to help win a championship,” Griffin said via NetsDaily
“Some years it’s more realistic than others. But that’s why I came to Brooklyn.”
Griffin Is Excited for ‘Lob City’ Reunion
When Griffin suits up with the Nets for the first time he will be reunited with his old Los Angeles Clippers teammate DeAndre Jordan. Jordan and Griffin built a very close relationship during the ‘Lob City’ era.
The six-time All-Star is over the moon about being reunited with his old friend which also played a major part in him choosing the Nets.
“We go way back,” Griffin said of DeAndre Jordan via NetsDaily.
“Anybody who you’re that familiar with it always makes it easier. That definitely played a part.”
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Griffin at one point was one of the best power forwards in the NBA. While his prime years may be behind him, he still enjoys going up against the best players of his position because at the end of the day he will always be a competitor.
“The best in my position – Giannis and AD. It’s always a challenge so those guys are the most fun,” Griffin said of who his favorite players to play against are via NetsDaily.
Sean Marks Sounds off on Blake Griffin Signing
One person who deserves his flowers for the product that the Nets are getting ready to unleash is their General Manager Sean Marks. Brooklyn once had one of the worst rosters in the NBA, but brick by brick Marks, has been able to build a roster that is star-studded with talent.
Just like with the rest of the stars that he has helped get to Brooklyn, he is ecstatic to welcome Griffin to the County of Kings.
“We’re fortunate to be able to add a player of Blake’s caliber to our roster at this point in the season,” Marks said in a statement via CBS Sports.
“Blake is a versatile frontcourt player with a long track record of success in our league, and we’re excited about the impact he’ll make for us both on and off the court in Brooklyn.”
Griffin is set to make his debut on Thursday when the Nets play the Boston Celtics.
Content creator Kalen Allen shares most outlandish vaccine claim
Kalen Allen is an award-nominated actor, producer, singer, and television personality at just 25 years old. First making his mark in his “Kalen Reacts” videos, he was discovered in 2018 by Ellen DeGeneres and secured a content-creating role, but his creative work didn’t stop there. Allen joins Health IQ to discuss vaccinations and the hesitancy of the Black community towards getting them.
What’s your recipe for protecting yourself as you move through this pandemic?
I am fully vaccinated, [and the] vaccine is very much just like a flu vaccine. Understand that it does not mean that you won’t still get COVID, but it will make sure that you are able to survive COVID just like any other immunization. Personally, I still carry around my mask. [Though] I will say that I feel a little bit safer knowing that the vaccine is out and that people have been getting vaccinated.
How have you stayed up to date and informed yourself?
I definitely do my own research, and I do my own work for myself to understand the vaccine. And I understand the hesitation, especially when we talk about things such as the Tuskegee project and the HIV/AIDS epidemic and how that was handled by the government. I try to do my best and advocate for other people and make sure that they try and learn for themselves, instead of relying on social media, ads, or different publications to tell you what’s best for you.
What is the most outlandish thing you heard was going to happen if you got the vaccine?
I had this conversation the other day [with someone], they said they got in a car, a car-sharing service. And the driver told him that they were not getting the vaccine, because it turns people into frogs. That is probably the most insane thing that I’ve ever heard.
For those young people who are really looking to get their break, how can they actually build a career in the business today and build their brands?
As a young child, I always put myself in places and situations and made friends with the people that knew what I wanted my life to be. And I would create that energy in that space around me. Also, everything that I do is done with purpose and intention. There’s a lot of people that have aspirations but don’t necessarily do anything to get them to that point because they think it should just happen. Nothing that I did happened overnight. A lot of the time it happened behind the scenes.
Watch the complete interview here.
CEO Watchen Nyanue helps Black women navigate corporate ladder success
Watchen Nyanue is a strategic marketing and business development executive from Liberia, who resides in Chicago. She is the founder and CEO of I Choose the Ladder — a career development agency that helps corporations develop and retain their high-performing Black female talent through professional development workshops, curated events, and digital resources.
Prior to founding I Choose the Ladder, Nyanue was the senior vice president of marketing partnerships for the WNBA, Chicago Sky.
Rolling out’s Business Exchange spoke with Nyanue about her upcoming annual summit, The Climb — a full-day career summit that is designed to address the unique career advancement challenges that Black women face in the workplace.
Watch the entire interview to hear more from this dynamic business strategy leader and learn more about the annual conference.
Detroit artist Domonick Lemonious uses sign language to create art
Dominick Lemonious is a Detroit-based artist specializing in the expression of hands. Lemonious enjoys creating art around expressing positive affirmations through sign language and color for collectors to visualize daily. He practices with mediums of charcoal pencil, acrylic paint and oil paint on canvas.
Lemonious’ art will be featured in the Art Extravaganza in Southfield, Michigan, from Sept. 18-26, 2021. The Art Extravaganza has become a much-anticipated annual event that attracts emerging and established metropolitan Detroit artists. The event includes a virtual and live auction and a complimentary educational workshop targeting new and inexperienced collectors who want to understand how art can enhance their net worth.
We gathered a few responses from Lemonious to get an understanding of his inspiration.
What are three of the best things about being a creative?
The three best things about being an artist are creative freedom of expression, learning about the history of art, and being a part of the creative movement currently happening in the city of Detroit today.
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