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The Lakers may run Los Angeles, but Blake Griffin is looking real royal in his blue suit on the cover of GQ magazine.

“Nothing we can ever do will ever take away from their history,” the Clippers power forward says about his team inside the issue. For the front page, he’s all smiles, but in his interview he gets a little more serious to talk Donald Sterling, religious tolerance, and dating (and yes, he’s single, ladies).

Keep on reading for some excerpts from the interview before the issue hits stands on September 23, and head on over to GQ for more.

On Donald Sterling:

“It was unfortunate. I mean, for me, like I said, the first thing I ever Googled about the man, the first thing that popped up was ‘racist.’ So I was aware. I hate to say this, and it might sound ignorant, but I wasn’t surprised that all this came up. I was one of the guys who didn’t want to do anything. I didn’t want to give this one incident the power that it doesn’t deserve.”

On dating:

“I can’t say today I have it down completely,” Griffin tells GQ of dating. “People just think about L.A. and they think, ‘Oh, there’s so many beautiful women out here,’ and things of that nature. But it is so hard to find just like a decent, like straight, you know, across-the-line, just like good girl out here.”

On what’s next after the NBA:

“I think once I’m done, I’ll be done,” he says. “I don’t have like a clear-cut plan, but I’m 90 percent sure that I won’t be involved in basketball. I’ll obviously be supportive and help out there, but I don’t want to stay in the NBA world or anything like that.”

On religion:

“I hate when I see Christians, or whatever religion it is, protesting gays and having signs that say, like, ‘God hates gays,’ ” he says. “How could He be mad at somebody for liking the same sex? I don’t get it. And it also makes me mad, because as a religious person, it makes you look bad.”


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