Blake Griffin says he "didn't deserve" to take a summer break

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Lady luck certainly didn't shine on the Los Angeles Clippers last season after injuries ruined their pursuit of a championship. 

With one of the strongest rosters in the league, the Clippers were among the favourites to go all the way, but once again for the luckless franchise, things didn't work out in their favour. 

After losing Blake Griffin to quad and hand injuries for 47 regular season games, the big man made a return just before the playoffs to give the team a boost. 

However, it was to be short-lived as the five-time All-Star suffered a recurrence of his quad injury in the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers and to add to their bad luck, point guard Chris Paul suffered a broken hand in the same game. 

As expected, the Blazers took full advantage and progressed and the Clippers' season once again came to a disappointing end. 

With so much time spent off the court over the past year, Griffin decided he "didn't deserve" a long summer break and has instead been working extra hard to get back to full fitness to help his team mount another championship run. 

Speaking on his teammate J.J. Redick's Vertical podcast, Griffin revealed how he's focusing on his health and making sure he's ready to go for the new season. 

"I took a week off after I had surgery and then started rehab a week after that, and I've been going all the way through," Griffin said. "I actually just got back from vacation, so I took a week off there, so basically two weeks (off) this whole summer. I kind of had in my mind, I'm just going to go all the way through. In my mind, I didn't deserve a summer break."

Despite accruing a winning record in the the 27-year-old's absence, Los Angeles are definitely a better team with Blake than without him. 

But CP3's ability to lead the team to victories without the power forward, coupled with Griffin's off the court problems, led to trade rumours doing the rounds and many questioning if he should remain in L.A.

Even though he's heading into a contract year, Doc Rivers - the head coach and general manager for the Clippers - has maintained that his All-NBA forward will not be moved on and is very much a part of their plans.

As one of the marquee free agents in 2017, the upcoming season could be the biggest in Griffin's career thus far. 

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