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Griffin may be game's next Mailman

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08:09 AM ET 10.01 | Blake Griffin hopes he's improved his mid-range shooting this offseason, and a compacted stroke may help him reach greater heights. When Lamar Odom looks at [Griffin's] future, he sees great players from the past. After Sunday's practice at the team's facility, Odom didn't blink in comparing Griffin's game to a pair of the NBA's all-time best: Karl Malone and Charles Barkley. Like those players, Odom said, Griffin is a force at the rim, using athleticism and physicality. And like those players, Griffin will eventually have to play more from the perimeter. "It just takes time," Odom said. "He's great at being an athlete. But he understands the game and understands what he needs to do. He'll be a hall of famer."

The Orange County Register

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October 1, 2012  08:33 AM ET

Blake is too fragile to ever be the Mailman, plus the Karl could shoot the jumpshot and hit ft's.

October 1, 2012  08:33 AM ET

That dude gets a mid range game and all hell will break loose......

October 1, 2012  08:42 AM ET

so who's the next stockton then?

October 1, 2012  08:53 AM ET

Those candys R making effects on Odom. On practice everyone can make a jump shot. Why not wait until after the season and see if Griffin indeed improves he's jump shooting, then U can start making comparitions with Hall of Famers.

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October 1, 2012  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

so who's the next stockton then?

Chris Paul?

October 1, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Blake is too fragile to ever be the Mailman, plus the Karl could shoot the jumpshot and hit ft's.

Not early on in his career. Malone relied heavily on his athleticism, then his game evolved as he got older. I could see Blake becoming a player like the Mailman.

October 1, 2012  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Blake is too fragile to ever be the Mailman, plus the Karl could shoot the jumpshot and hit ft's.

Thinking back to the series-clinching game for the Bulls in '97, I recall Karl Malone blowing 2 or 3 straight FTs.

October 1, 2012  09:41 AM ET
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Not early on in his career. Malone relied heavily on his athleticism, then his game evolved as he got older. I could see Blake becoming a player like the Mailman.

EXACTLY!!! not many people remember Karl Malone his first few years in the league... Dude dunked on Dudes like it was no tomorrow... Blake is alot like Karl Malone athletically.. a more injury prone version that is and doesn't run his mouth as much as the great Mail Man did...

October 1, 2012  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Blake is too fragile to ever be the Mailman, plus the Karl could shoot the jumpshot and hit ft's.

You said it all!!!!

October 1, 2012  09:56 AM ET

Who cares what Lamar Kardashian thinks?

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October 1, 2012  09:57 AM ET

Don't Give Me 'All That Jazz', Bro.

October 1, 2012  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Blake is too fragile to ever be the Mailman, plus the Karl could shoot the jumpshot and hit ft's.

But if you recall Mailman couldnt do those things when he first came in the league (yeah Im old enough to remember that)..he was something like a 51% ft shooter his first few years but worked on his game to become one of the best FT shooting PFs...if Blake wants to, he can improve the same way

October 1, 2012  11:10 AM ET

Flop Griffin is one of the NBA's most overrated players. He's got a LONG way to go before any comparison to the likes of Malone even remotely makes sense.

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October 1, 2012  12:36 PM ET

Stockton was responsible for making the Mailman who he was. One thing he was not was athletic. IF Griffin develops a midrange jumpshot, he'll be unstoppable. But at this stage he still has a way to go the reach Kevin Love.

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October 1, 2012  01:30 PM ET
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I don't see the mailmans game in Blake....I see more Barkley, a guy that can beast around the rim

Barkley had that intensity though...thats something you cant teach. "Round Mound" would be on the glass relentlessly and was very athletic, could handle the ball on a break and had a better jump shot than he was initially given credit for. I used to love to watch him play in Philly....ANIMAL!

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