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Talking Your Tech | Blake Griffin
Talking Your Tech | Blake Griffin: L.A. Clippers superstar Blake Griffin talks Twitter, apps and camera phone photos with Jefferson Graham on Talking Your Tech.
Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers basketball star. / Jefferson Graham / USA TODAY

Los Angeles Clippers basketball hero Blake Griffin knows not to look at Twitter comments during the season. Anonymous fans can be brutal and knock a playerís confidence, Griffin, 23, told us recently. We also talked about digital photography, where the 6-foot-9 forward goes online to buy shoes and clothes, and a company in which he has invested that makes a new gadget to help deal with sports injuries.

Heís on a Twitter break. ďI have a Twitter [account], and I follow a wide range of people, sports, news Ö comedians. Iíll always want to check Twitter, but sometimes I canít. Youíll come across things you donít want to see as a player. Itís amazing what Twitter has done to the sports world. It holds professional athletes to a higher standard. I donít look at Twitter during the season. You feel you played well, and you donít need that distraction. Anybody can say anything.Ē

What do fans tweet? ďI probably couldnít repeat half of it.Ē

Big Brother is here. ďEverybody has a camera on their phone. And anything you do can be recorded. It could be something completely innocent, butĒ it could look wrong.

His Instagram photos. ďI try not to take pics of my food, but I have done it. Anything thatís funny. On the team, if somebody falls asleep on the plane, we take pictures and post them. So that will be what my Instagram is full of this season.Ē

Online shopping. ďIt has saved my life.Ē Sites such as Shoebuy.com and Oddball.com sell him size-16 shoes. He notes that many retailers have big and tall sections online that arenít in stores. ďI go to jcrew.com and buy all the tall sizes there. It makes it really easy.Ē

Favorite apps. Urban Spoon and Yelp ďto help find restaurants. I do it for ideas. There are so many restaurants in L.A. I have no idea about. Iím always looking for a new place.Ē

Cold comfort. After years of putting frozen peas on his knees, he has a new way to deal with sports injuries: Hyperice, a device he shows off in online videos. ďYou fill the Hyperice with ice, push the nozzle and get ice across the joint, not just one area.Ē

Grahamís Talking Your Tech runs Wednesdays in USA TODAY.

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