In the context of a wide-ranging interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that covered subjects such as racial justice, injuries, and former owner Donald Sterling, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin dropped an opinion about Damian Lillard’s extended absence from the NBA All-Star Game. When asked if making the 2018 All-Star roster in Los Angeles was a goal for the season, Griffin responded:
I wouldn’t say it’s a big thing in my mind. Being healthy, playing well and leading my team is in the forefront. My first All-Star Game was in L.A. It was a lot of fun. It was special. If it was to happen, it happens. … There are times when I didn’t make the All-Star team. There are guys that have been left off the All-Star team who deserve to be on the All-Star team. Guys like [Portland Trail Blazers guard] Damian Lillard. Damian Lillard has experienced that over and over. At the end of the day, it’s about the season.
Griffin was named to the Western Conference All-Star Squad during each of his first five NBA seasons (out of eight total, including this year) and holds a 21.5 ppg scoring average with 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists. Lillard has received two All-Star nominations in six seasons with averages of 22.6 ppg with 6.2 assists and 4.1 rebounds.
As reported yesterday, Lillard currently ranks 8th among Western Conference backcourt players in All-Star fan voting; Griffin is not among the Top 10 in forward voting.