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Blake Griffin places Boston on his Mt. Rushmore of NBA cities

Alex Reimer
June 19, 2017 - 10:33 am

In the past, the Celtics have experienced trouble luring big-time free agents to Boston. But it seems as if Blake Griffin is intrigued by the idea of playing on the parquet. 

In a recent interview on Barstool Sports' "Pardon my Take," the Clippers forward, who's set to become a free agent this offseason, said he would put Boston on his Mt. Rushmore of NBA cities. Other metropolitan areas that made the cut were New York, Phoenix and Toronto. 

When asked jokingly whether only "half" of him likes Boston –– Griffin is 50 percent black –– he briefly touched on the city's racial history. "Half of me loves it," he said. "The other half is hit-and-miss. It depends on who I run into. It depends on what story I'm reading about people being heckled at a Red Sox game."

Before Celtics fans get too excited about this development, it's worth noting there were a couple of caveats to Griffin's list. Most importantly, he said he didn't include Los Angeles or Oklahoma City, because he's lived in both of those places. Griffin also talked about his desire to mix his list up, which is why he included Phoenix. 

"I wanted to stay away from going, like, New York, Miami, Chicago, LA," he said. "Because those are big, fun cities to be in. It's like I wanted to give a little character to my Mt. Rushmore. It's like Phoenix is like the Teddy Roosevelt."

While the Celtics have linked to Jazz forward Gordon Hayward for months, there appears to be some legitimacy to the Griffin buzz. Last week, the Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Celtics were "the danger" that could draw Griffin away from Los Angeles. 

Griffin, 28, has averaged 21.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest during his career. But the big man has struggled to stay healthy recently, missing time in each of the last two seasons due to injury. He played three games in Los Angeles' first-round playoff series against the Jazz, before he was sidelined with a toe injury. 

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