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On a muggy evening in Honolulu, site of Clippers training camp, five-time All-Star Blake Griffin shows me his mettle in the Waikiki Beach surf. He rides a wave with his stand-up paddleboard and yells at me to follow suit: "Keep moving those arms! If you go slow, you'll fall." I go slow. I fall. Still, Coach Griffin, 28, says I'm doing fine for a rookie, though he repeatedly credits my "low center of gravity" -- because 6-foot-10 forwards are jerks. I credit Griffin's patient but stern tutelage, leadership that will be tested this season as the Clippers seek to integrate a whopping nine new players while adjusting to the absence of Chris Paul, whose six-year term http://www.miamidolphins.us.com/WOMENS-JULIUS-THOMAS-JERSEY.html
as Griffin's co-mayor of Lob City ended in June with his trade to the RocketsWe're soon joined in the water by several curious Clippers, including incumbents DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Johnson, who commandeer my board and paddle, respectively. The two instruments have little value when separated, but whatever -- Griffin, leader by land and sea, begins class. "What do you mean, start on my knees?" Jordan asks, just before his 6-11 frame folds Connor Brown Jersey
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