The Detroit Pistons will have their best player back on the floor whenever the NBA season returns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blake Griffin, a six-time All-Star, said on The Encore with Sage Steele that his surgically repaired left knee is healthy, per Bleacher Report’s Joseph Zucker.
Griffin had the surgery in January, per SI.com’s Dan Gartland. He had surgery on his same knee during the summer of 2019.
“I feel great,” Griffin said. “I’ve basically been cleared for a while now. I’ve just been stuck at my house. I’m ready to go whenever things pick back up.”
Griffin talks about his status beginning at the 8:30 mark in the video below.
Before he underwent surgery, Griffin had played in 18 games during the 2019-20 campaign. With his knee affecting him, Griffin was averaging a career-low 15.5 points per game on a career-low 35.2% shooting, per Basketball Reference.
Griffin was traded to Detroit from the Los Angeles Clippers in January 2018. When he settled in the Motor City, Griffin took on a point forward role, helping captain the Pistons’ offense.
In his first 25 games with the Pistons, Griffin averaged 6.2 assists per game. Last season, he continued to be a solid distributor and averaged a team-high 5.4 assists.
With Griffin in the midst of his prime, he isn’t known for being a high flyer anymore. But at the same time, he was playing some of the best basketball of his career last season. He averaged a career-high 24.5 points per game, and his jump shot showed noticeable improvement, too. He shot 36.2% from the 3-point line on a career-high 7.0 attempts.