Pacific Rumors: Griffin, Warriors, Lakers

Before drafting Blake Griffin with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, the Clippers gave him a personality test to better understand his mind, writes Ramona Shelburne of  That test pegged the power forward as a classic perfectionist who tackles uncertainty with hard work.  Head coach Doc Rivers learned of Griffin’s tireless work ethic when he came to Los Angeles and he is quite appreciative of it. More out of the Pacific Division..

  • The Warriors have abandoned their former Piers 30/32 plan and instead have bought land a little further south, according to Joe Eskenazi of SF Weekly.  The new proposed move will still put them in San Francisco and should take place in 2018/19.
  • Even though Jim and Jeanie Buss say the family is committed to keeping the team, a “yes” vote by four Buss siblings could force the sale of the Lakers, writes Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times.  If that happens, the Chicago investment group Guggenheim Partners, owner of the Dodgers, would eagerly jump into the bidding. The group envisions employing former Lakers star Magic Johnson as the ceremonial face of the franchise, a role he currently holds with the Dodgers.
  • When Rivers was asked about J.J. Redick‘s claim that the Clippers coach was the reason he came to L.A., Rivers quipped, “You sure it wasn’t that $6 or $7MM?,” tweets Sam Amick of USA Today.
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