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4:30pm ET NEWS: InsideHoops.com editor Jeff Lenchiner reports that Eddie Griffin will not be joining the Nets at this time and instead is heading back to Houston for additional personal care and rehabilitation.

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fixed the link - schub
 

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Originally posted by <b>xbballplaya223x</b>!
4:30pm ET NEWS: InsideHoops.com editor Jeff Lenchiner reports that Eddie Griffin will not be joining the Nets at this time and instead is heading back to Houston for additional personal care and rehabilitation.

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Well this is bad news. Although with Frank being compared to a younger version of VG, could this be giving him some jitters?

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Originally posted by <b>xbballplaya223x</b>!
because ian eagle and kelly said he was going to be play around the all star break
Last night, they were thinking he would play sometime next week, yes, but with this news today, there's no way anyone could say that he'll definitely play at any point this year.

Who knows if he'll even be kept on the 15 man roster?
 

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Nets Statement on Eddie Griffin

East Rutherford, NJ, Jan. 28 - The following statement has been issued by Nets CEO/President/General Manager, Rod Thorn regarding the status of Eddie Griffin:
"Eddie has informed the team that he is not ready to resume his NBA career at this point in time," said Thorn. "He will return to Houston for further rehabilitation. There is no timetable for his return.”
 

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I thought this would happen.

Clinical depression is one of those mental/emotional diseases that is incredibly stubborn and usually misunderstood. It's like a combination virus and cancer in your mind. You can think you're fine and you're ready to take on the world, but it's always there, a latent monster waiting to take control. Like a virus, depression is often activated with environmental triggers. Pressure, anxiety and stress are three of the most common causes of a depressive outbreak, and you can't escape those things as an NBA player.

Alcoholism is another disease that otherwise bright, talented and capable people fight and lose, but alcoholics have the advantage of identifying a physical enemy in alcohol. Clinically depressed people cannot - they're fighting a creeping ghost in their own heads.

I thought the NBA, and what it involves, was likely going to be, and proved to be, too tough an environment for Griffin - especially so soon. The Rockets actually did him a great personal favor by cutting him, and thus taking away an unhealthy environment, but his talent and his own ambitions sucked him back in. It wasn't a matter of IF but WHEN Griffin's depression would take hold of him - this season, next season, the season after.

Depression is a life-time disease, folks. Griffin isn't the first and he won't be the last to suffer from it.
 

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Here's a good article on what happened yesterday:

Griffin Tells Nets That He Is Not Ready to Return

"This threw us all for a curve, but we knew there was a lot of work to be done," Frank said. "Any time you have a problem, it takes time. A wave of the wand won't make it go away. If you don't take care of it now, it will linger. If Eddie were playing and not taking care of his problem, it would be self-destructive. The best thing he could do is what he's doing."

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The Nets acknowledged, however, that they did not really know him. Griffin is extremely introverted and was buffered by a support system that included a counselor who was with him almost every day. Griffin did not take the team bus to Philadelphia on Monday because of an appointment and arrived Tuesday with Stefanski. He was more animated than usual on the bench, jumping up after dunks.

Teammates said Griffin slept on the flight to Orlando, but shortly after his arrival he sought out Stefanski and said he needed to talk. Stefanski, who recruited Griffin when he was released by the Houston Rockets in December and has traveled with him to court hearings, promised to call him every day during his rehabilitation.

A little more in the Daily News:

Eddie unsteady, leaves Nets

However, one source said the team is investigating "a minor incident" Griffin may have been involved in at a hotel he was staying in last Saturday in New Jersey. The source would not say what the incident was, but said there was no arrest and that the police were not involved.

The post has more on the "incident." No big deal, really.

MORE REHAB FOR GRIFFIN

His latest run-in occurred Saturday into early Sunday. Initial reports indicated a confusing mix-up at the Renaissance Hotel, not far from the Meadowlands - but police were summoned.

"He was invited by a girl up to a party in the hotel," said Sgt. Patrick Feliciano of the Rutherford Police Department's Detective Bureau.

"Somehow, he went to the wrong room, was knocking on the door and frightened the guest who called police. The person didn't know who he was."

Officers responded but there was no arrest made, Feliciano said.
 

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Nice quote from K-Mart here:

Griffin seeks more help

"He'll be back soon," Kenyon Martin said. "He just wanted to get a little help. We all need help sometimes. We knew all this stuff wasn't over. As far as we're concerned, he's still a part of this team. So whenever he feels like coming back, we'll be here for him."

And a couple of interesting points in the Bergen Record:

Stefanski said they were "hoping" rather than "counting on" Griffin to contribute, but Griffin's teammates said there was little doubt he would.

"He was going to have a great impact with our team," Richard Jefferson said. "You could tell, just the way he improved from the first time he got here up until the time he left."

"A guy [6-foot-10] that can knock down shots, can post-up, rebound the ball, yeah he would've [helped]," Kenyon Martin said.
 

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From what I've read, the Nets management and Coach Frank have a more realistic outlook on Griffin's problem than the players do. It's often confusing to people around depressed people, and often the sufferers themselves, how a high-achieving, high-functioning person can just change for no apparent external reason into a different, low-functioning, even problematic, person.

It's to Griffin's credit, or perhaps his counselor's, he recognized enough of what was happening to make the decision to go back into treatment himself. Ain't no quick fix for what the kid's got, but maybe there is a short-term fix that will allow him to play in the NBA for a while - dunno if he'll go that route.
 

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I took it as Kenyon just being supportive, like he may not believe that Griff would be back next week, but he says that to keep a positive outlook on the situation. Sort of when someone is gravely ill, and you say something like, "You'll be up and about in no time."

Anyway, the "We're hear for him" part was good to hear.
 

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I don't mean to imply K-Mart is ill-intended in any way, and maybe he knows the deal and it's just media-talk. What he said, though, makes it seem like Griffin just needs a tune-up. That kind of stuff - like the ESPN Bucher article - promotes misunderstandings about Griffin's problem that don't help him. The talk about JUST Griffin's basketball ability, both from RJ and K-Mart, is more encouraging as positive reinforcement for EG's self-worth.

There are different types of depressions, of course; given his history and the current situation, it sounds like he's dealing with the life-time variety.
 

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Originally posted by <b>NYCbballFan</b>!
There are different types of depressions, of course; given his history and the current situation, it sounds like he's dealing with the life-time variety.
It's tough to say what type of depression Griffin is dealing with, with out having more information. I remember hearing that someone very close/important to Griffin passing away not too long ago, so that may be the cause of what is going on with him.
 
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