David Griffin hopes to incorporate his experience dealing with a high profile situation as general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the tenure of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to his new job with the New Orleans Pelicans and the budding career of Zion Williamson.
“We are on national TV 30 times this year in large measure because of the Zion phenomenon,” Griffin said. “Having been a part of a team with a phenomenon with LeBron, Kyrie [Irving] and Kevin [Love], it’s certainly been a learning experience that I hope we can utilize. The mistakes we made then, I hope we don’t make now. We didn’t ignore the noise well as a team. There was so much scrutiny that you didn’t know was going to come or proactively prepare for.
“But now we can be in front of a lot of things, although you wouldn’t know it by the way I handled the injury situation. But you control actively being in front of something.”