It's no accident that Blake Griffin has developed a reputation for being one of the NBA's hardest workers. Coaches and players have consistently lauded his discipline and determination when it comes to improving what is already one of the best all-around games in the league. While he spent last off-season working on his jump shot, it appears that Blake is taking a more diverse, albeit unorthodox, approach to preparing for the upcoming Clippers season.
The Crossover, Red Bull's three-part web series narrated by Blake himself, allows us a window into his off-season training sessions with three world class athletes in drastically different sports. Though his refreshing and self-deprecating sense of humor is on display, so too is his will to improve and his respect for these elite athletes and their crafts.
Blake explains his motivation:
"I want a long and healthy career. I want to be quicker, stronger, and I want to be a leader. I know that if I am going to take myself to where I want to go as an athlete and a person, I have to look at all my training options. The usual practice just isn’t enough - I want more of an edge over my opponents. Cross training is so important because I can improve myself and have a lower impact on my body."
Watch Blake learn the game of handball from New York legend Timothy "Timbo" Gonzalez and practice sprinting technique with Olympic gold medalist Carmelita Jeter. Also be sure to keep an eye on www.redbull.com/thecrossover for next Monday's third and final episode, which will feature Blake training with MMA star Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.
All photos and videos courtesy of Red Bull.