Report: Blake Griffin acts as pallbearer
Merely 15 hours after participating in his first NBA All-Star Game, Clippers star Blake Griffin acted as a pallbearer at the funeral of his close friend and former high school teammate, Wilson Holloway, according to a report in the Tulsa World.
Griffin dedicated his All-Star weekend debut to Holloway, and said he planned to give Holloway's family the slam dunk trophy he earned with a spectacular dunk over the hood of a car.
Holloway passed away on Feb. 17, three years after he received a diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma. He didn't let it keep him from playing college football at Tulsa and those who knew him say it didn't affect his positive outlook on life.
The service lasted nearly 2 1/2 hours and included the reading of a poem called "Just Keep Smiling", as well as a speech by Tulsa coach Bill Blakenship, according to the paper.
"When I first started recruiting Wilson, the knock of him was his frame might not be big enough," Blankenship said, according to the newspaper. "We wondered if he may not have the shoulders that would fill out and be the man we needed him to be.
"I think that's very ironic because his shoulders were really big. He carried us around."
Griffin had been a big supporter of Holloway's battle. When Holloway was nominated for the 2010 Rare Disease Champion award a year ago, Griffin tweeted to his 50,000-plus followers: "My boy @Wilson Holloway is up 4 The Rare Disease Champion Award and he needs ur vote."
"He was just one of those guys that was so positive," Griffin said. "I never heard him complain once."