Tired of the short story that has been the Clippers' recent playoff history, Blake Griffin immersed himself this summer in something that could spark a different narrative.
He became a voracious reader.
The All-Star power forward devoured the words of former NFL coach Tony Dungy, leadership expert John C. Maxwell and the Navy SEALs after the elite military unit had triggered his interest by speaking to Griffin and his teammates.
There were lessons in mentorship and getting along with others that Griffin hopes to carry with him all the way into June after his first five NBA seasons ended well short of a trip to the NBA Finals.
"We know how not to win a...