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Steve Francis & Darius Miles recently talked for a short moment on the Knuckleheads Podcast about the late Eddie Griffin. Francis played with Griffin in Houston, as Miles went up against Eddie in the NBA and during the 2000 McDonald’s All-American Game.

The two touched on how great of a person Griffin was and also discussed the connection he had with Rocket legend Hakeem Olajuwon. The positive energy Eddie brought to former players & teammates still lives on today.

(Via Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson & Darius Miles):

Steve Francis: “Hakeem took him under his wing man. He saw the capability in him to block shots and step out. Dream would always say ‘I wish I could shoot like this kid. I wish I had the length and attentiveness of Eddie.’ Cause I use to run pick & rolls with Eddie man, he would bail me out of so many times over dribbling the shot clock or he would post up and find me cutting, things like that. I got a lot of his stuff in here man, in my office. It was hard for me.”

“I wish I could’ve spent more time with him. He was a good teammate and he wanted to play basketball.”

Darius Miles: “He was my guy, real cool dude, real quiet dude.”

“He could’ve went out of high school, but chose to go to Seton Hall. He was the #1 player in my class.”

“Real good dude, shoutout E Griff.”