Basketball superstar Blake Griffin is one of the NBA’s finest players, but his former career as a youth basketball star is under (fake) investigation.
The Los Angeles Clippers’ face of the franchise stars in the first installment of The 5th Quarter on go90, a short-form sports mockumentary series. Griffin plays Clif Cliff, a precious, silent basketball star from a mysterious part of Africa. Supposedly only 7 years old and with professional basketball hopes on the horizon, Clif Cliff is brought to America from the African country Devil’s Nut by his uncle Brian (Chappelle’s Show alum Donnell Rawlings) to play in a youth league.
In a clip exclusive to EW, Clif Cliff leads his team to the 2002 AAU Under 8 National Tournament championship game against the Central Jersey Road Runners with the top-rated 7-year-old in the country, Karl-Anthony Towns. He wasn’t intimidated.
“As we lined up for the opening tip, I was like, ‘This is it?'” Towns, the real-life 2016 Rookie of the Year, laughs. “This is the kid they’re all talking about?’ I wasn’t impressed.” Clif Cliff goes on to steal the jump ball and promptly demolish the Road Runners. They won a hotly contested 172-16 match.
See a clip from the first episode, “But I’m Just a Little Boy,” above. The full episode will be released Wednesday on go90 and features Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank personality Mark Cuban, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings, and Gary Harris of the Denver Nuggets.