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December 07, 2011 08:05 ET

For Blake Griffin, Lockout -- and Short-Lived Ping-Pong Career -- Ends Just in Time

Griffin Earns His Wings by Becoming First Ping-Pong Player on the Red Bull Athlete Roster (sort of)

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 7, 2011) - News that the lockout is ending is music to the ears of countless basketball fans and players, none more so than for Los Angeles Clippers superstar Blake Griffin. During the extended hiatus, while other players were filling their time traveling the world, dancing with celebrities, getting hitched, or even playing football, Blake Griffin decided to branch out into a new career. Without basketball, Griffin's limitless competitive spirit led him to a new professional sport: ping-pong.

Upon announcing his signing with Red Bull, Griffin set his eyes on becoming the most dominant ping-pong player on the planet. After extensive training, Griffin tested his skills against professional player and model Soo Yeon Lee in a friendly exhibition match. A video of his foray into ping-pong is available at www.redbullusa.com/blakegriffin.

Unfortunately for Griffin, his huge wingspan and massive strength were no match for Lee's ping-pong prowess, and he was soundly defeated. Luckily, Griffin can now return to his day job, and mercifully put his career as a ping-pong pro on hold.

"Red Bull gave me a chance to test my skill level against a true ping-pong champion and I am very appreciative," said Griffin. "With that said, it's time to set aside those aspirations for now and focus all my energy on the season and helping my team win."

Heralded as one of basketball's most exciting players, Blake Griffin energized the game in his first year for the Clippers, winning the Slam Dunk competition as well as Rookie of the Year award. Originally from Oklahoma, Griffin played college basketball for the University of Oklahoma and was chosen as the Naismith, Wooden and Associated Press Player of the Year en route to being a consensus selection as National Player of the Year.

This marks Blake's first project as a Red Bull athlete. He joins a roster of high performers including champions Tim Lincecum, Jimmy Rollins, Reggie Bush, Rajon Rondo, Lindsey Vonn, and close to 500 others worldwide. In addition, Red Bull Energy Drink is now the official energy product of the Los Angeles Clippers.

A b-roll package of Blake Griffin's ping-pong match can be found at: https://www.redbullcontentpool.com/stock/showVideoOffer.action?offerID=1323241861251-239096470

Connect with Blake Griffin on Facebook, www.facebook.com/blakegriffin32 and follow him on Twitter, www.twitter.com/blakegriffin.

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