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Blake Griffin dedicates weekend to friend

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  February 19, 2011 11:46 AM

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Clippers rookie Blake Griffin will play in the memory of Wilson Holloway, a high school friend who died Wednesday of Hodgkin's lymphoma.

LOS ANGELES -- When he got the word that Wilson Holloway had died on Wednesday after a long fight with Hodgkin's lymphoma, Blake Griffin cried in the visitor's locker room of the Target Center in Minnesota.

He had known Holloway since he was 12 and they were high school teammates growing up in Oklahoma. They were supposed to see each other as soon as Griffin got through his first all-star weekend, when Griffin travel with the Clippers to play the Thunder on Monday, but he won't get the chance now.

Instead, Griffin said he wants to dedicate everything he does this weekend, from last night's performance in the rookie game to tonight's dunk contest to tomorrow when he'll become the 44th rookie to play in an all-star game.

He was just one of those guys that was always positive and always a great guy and to see him go through what he did and keep smiling and stay positive about it was an inspiration to a lot of people. I definitely miss him, but I know he’s in a better place now.

I know he watched almost every single on of my games. He was at home a lot and in the hospital a lot, so I know he would have been watching. The next time I would get to see him would have been Monday when we went to Oklahoma City. It’s crazy how it happens. I’m just thankful for the opportunity to be able to do this and hopefully dedicate some of this to him.

I’ve talked to a couple of his family members, his girlfriend. They’ve been together four, five years. Everybody was equally upset but at the same time, he was one of those guys, he wouldn’t want anybody to feel sorry for him, he wouldn’t want anybody to be upset about it.


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