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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 player’s 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.

He’s on a Twitter break. “I have a Twitter [account], and I follow a wide range of people, sports, news … comedians. I’ll always want to check Twitter, but sometimes I can’t. You’ll come across things you don’t want to see as a player. It’s amazing what Twitter has done to the sports world. It holds professional athletes to a higher standard. I don’t look at Twitter during the season. You feel you played well, and you don’t need that distraction. Anybody can say anything.”

What do fans tweet? “I probably couldn’t repeat half of it.”

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

His Instagram photos. “I try not to take pics of my food, but I have done it. Anything that’s 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.”

Online shopping. “It has saved my life.” 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 aren’t in stores. “I go to jcrew.com and buy all the tall sizes there. It makes it really easy.”

Favorite apps. Urban Spoon and Yelp “to help find restaurants. I do it for ideas. There are so many restaurants in L.A. I have no idea about. I’m always looking for a new place.”

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. “You fill the Hyperice with ice, push the nozzle and get ice across the joint, not just one area.”

Graham’s Talking Your Tech runs Wednesdays in USA TODAY.

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