LinkMINNEAPOLIS - For most of his young NBA career, Eddie Griffin has been known by another name: "Troubled forward Eddie Griffin."
Aggravated assault, drug possession and alcoholism helped brand him with the dubious moniker and put his once promising career on the brink of disaster.
Then Kevin McHale came calling.
The Minnesota Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations, and future coach of the team, knew he was taking a gamble on the former lottery pick who did not play a game last year after being cut by Houston and New Jersey.
This season Griffin has put his past behind him to become a reliable contributor off the bench for the Timberwolves, averaging 7.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.63 blocks.
"He's a tremendous defender and a tremendous rebounder," said McHale, who took over for coach Flip Saunders in February. "He does so many things very well. He's given us a big lift. Really a good kid."
Even though he is on a team with Spree and Sammy, he has managed not only to turn his NBA career around, seems his life too. Great to see.