Nets forward Blake Griffin recalls memory of Norm Macdonald who died of cancer Tuesday 61

Comedian Norm Macdonald died on Tuesday 61 years after an allegedly long battle with cancer, and many who knew or admired him went to Twitter to share their best memories of him. Brooklyn Nets striker Blake Griffin, himself a hopeful cartoonist, joined the group.

After ESPN producer Mike Goldfarb posted a video of Macdonald making a joke in his signature deadpan style during Griffin’s Rookie of the Year 2010-11 press conference, Griffin tweeted it with the caption, “my favorite press conference ever.”

“There’s a kind of curse with Rookie of the Year,” Macdonald joked to Griffin in the video. “No one has ever repeated it.”

“I did not think about it,” replied Griffin, now 32, in an equally deadly way, “but I will try as hard as I can next year.”

Macdonald – who became famous from the “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update news satire segment – was involved in the sports world long before his viral moment with Griffin. He gave one of the most memorable ESPY Awards speeches ever and took shots of Michael Jordan’s baseball ability, the Winter Olympics, non-Tiger Woods golfers and more. And in 2011, Macdonald hosted “Sports Show,” which featured online videos blending sports and comedy on Comedy Central.

Griffin, entering his 14th NBA season, does the opposite of Macdonald by crossing into the comedy world. The five-time All-NBA selection and six-time All-Star have appeared on Comedy Central’s “Roast of Alec Baldwin” and “Roast Battle.” Griffin also hosted his first ever comedy charity event, “Comedy by Blake,” last October.

Comedians John Mulaney, Phoebe Robinson, Whitney Cummings and Jim Jefferies performed at the event for the Team Griffin Foundation. Macdonald, one of Griffin’s comedy idols, was also one of the headlines.

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