Watch: Blake Griffin Snubs Steve Ballmer's Handshake in Return to Staples Center  01/12/2019 20:59:22  2

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Owner Steve Ballmer of the Los Angeles Clippers greets Blake Griffin #32 after the Clippers defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game Seven of the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 111-109 to win the series four games to three. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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In his first road game against the Los Angeles Clippers since being traded last year, Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin didn't seem to want anything to do with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer on Saturday.

Instead of shaking hands during warmups, Griffin seemingly snubbed his former boss:

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It's unknown whether this was intentional as this pregame routine is common for the forward, as James Edwards III of the Athletic noted:

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII

Interesting. Blake does always sprint to the locker room after warm-ups, but obviously today is different.

Still, Ballmer seemed too close to Griffin to believe he didn't notice him on the court.

The five-time All-Star spent eight years with the Clippers before signing a five-year extension in 2017. However, he was traded to the Pistons a few months later and is apparently still not over it despite putting up career numbers in 2018-19.

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