When Blake Griffin injured his big toe during the 2017 Playoffs, he almost had "a breakdown."
“I remember just thinking that I had been doing everything I possibly could: diet, foam roll every night on your own, work with your own trainers, work with the team’s trainers, sleep in a hyperbaric chamber. I have an ice tub in my house. I have everything down to a science,” Griffin said. “And … this stuff still happens.”
Griffin spends more than six figures per year to have a personal trainer on call. Griffin's desire to get and stay healthy was fortified after his final playoff run with the Clippers.
“The real test for me was not getting discouraged through that,” he said. “I could easily have been, ‘[Expletive] it. I’m just going to stop caring as much, stop doing all those things that I do.’ But that’s not me as a person. So I just stuck to my routine that summer. And this summer. I put the time in and feel great.”
This past offseason, Griffin was finally focused on improvement instead of rehabbing an injury.