LA Clippers star forward Blake Griffin is perceived by some observers as being a tad “soft”, this especially after he was manhandled by Zach Randolph in this year’s Playoffs. His teammate Chauncey Billups doesn’t necessarily agree, but concedes that Griffin being less kind could work to his benefit. Per ESPN: “I don’t agree that Blake Griffin is soft. But what I will say about Blake is that he’s maybe too nice of a guy,’ Billups said. ‘Because there’s been times in games where people take shots at Blake. And I tell him if that’s me, you’re going to have to take this two- or three-game suspension, and I’m going to punish somebody. That’s just how I’m built. Blake is not really built like that. He’s … too soft of a guy inside for him to be like, ‘All right, I’m just going to hurt somebody.’ He just won’t do it. I wish he would, and I think that people would look at him a lot different if he did that. But he’s just not that kind of person.’ Billups said ‘there’s nobody that works harder’ than Griffin, but the three-time All-Star would benefit if the Clippers were able to add ‘a veteran down low to help him … to push him along a little faster.’”