David Griffin Opens Up About Tenure, Departure from Cleveland
After helping to build a champion out of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cavs were unable to ink then general manager David Griffin to a new deal.
This week, Griffin revealed that discussions had nothing to do with the money or the term. His decision came down to one thing – he wanted to get out. Griffin wanted to get away from Cleveland and never come back.
“Everything we did was so inorganic and unsustainable and, frankly, not fun. I was miserable,” Griffin said. “Literally the moment we won the championship I knew I was gonna leave. There was no way I was gonna stay for any amount of money.”
After two years away from the NBA, Griffin returned with a splash, seemingly rebuilding the entire New Orleans Pelicans roster ono the fly as the franchise’s new GM.
“I didn’t watch the league, and I didn’t love the game anymore,” Griffin said. “I was so fixated on outcome that I just totally lost my joy.
“I was kind of chomping at the bit to do it right.”
The opportunity to build a young team with a long term vision was too big for Griffin to pass up.
During his expose with Sports Illustrated, Griffin also made some interesting comments on LeBron James, claiming that once James brought a championship to Ohio, his enter mindset changed and turned towards something other than winning.
“There wasn’t a lot else for him,” Griffin said. “I don’t think he’s the same animal anymore about winning.”
According to reports, Griffin has since communicated with James’ camp, claiming the context of his comments were misconstrued. James’ camp was said to be “shocked” with Griffins comments towards the former Cavaliers superstar.
There’s never a quiet day in the NBA.