Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at 10:50 am  |  53 responses

Chris Paul: Only People Who Dislike Blake Griffin are Those He Dunks on

Blake Griffin’s league-wide popularity has taken a bit of a hit this season – fans, media and opponents have complained about his constant whining to refs, pre and post-dunk antics, and general arrogance – but his teammate Chris Paul says, What’s not to love? Unless, of course, you have been the victim of a Blake Griffin slam. Per the Oklahoman: “At the suggestion that Griffin had turned to the dark side, Clippers point guard Chris Paul nearly choked on his post-practice energy bar. ‘What’s not to like about him?’ he said. ‘He’s fun. He’s funny. He laughs, jokes, smiles. He’s a great guy off the court.’ Hard to argue that. Griffin is one of the sharpest, wittiest guys around. He doesn’t always show it to the masses, but he has this dry humor that is fantastic. It was on display just the other day when he responded to recent criticism from DeMarcus Cousins. The Sacramento big man called Griffin an ‘actor.’ Griffin’s response? ‘I first heard about it from my acting coach; he sent me an email,’ he said. ‘He was obviously thrilled.’ […] ‘Shoot, everybody loves him,’ Paul said, getting fired up as he talked. ‘Shoot, don’t nobody love him more than my son. I don’t know nobody that don’t like Blake.’ He paused. ‘Except for the guys he dunks on.’”

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  • @boweezy24

    I Didn’t Get Dunked On?

  • joel

    Another misleading article title

  • robb

    me neither

  • Fitz

    I haven’t been dunked on

  • Bravo

    I dislike Blake cuz he don’t work on his game much. Only tryin to make a poster I see injury soontime

  • http://none HaterMo

    He could give me a Kidney, and I’d be thankful, yet the hate would still be there. Arrogant, whiney (chris paul also), and smug. Plus I hate good things.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Like the first 2 comments said, BG didn’t dunk on me.

  • bike

    Tongue in cheek.

  • Bt

    The arrogance wouldnt bother me if he had something to be arrogant about. But as he can currently only dunk and is probably the 9th best player at his position he doesn’t (dirk, love, bosh, Duncan, gasol, josh smith, Garnett and amare)

  • 23

    bt, id take griffin over amare. why is everyone acting like blake sucks? he does have many deep holes like his defense and a solid jumper. but he is all upside. plus hes big and strong in a league where many posts have turned finesse. he is one of the most athletic guys in the league. im not saying that makes him the best. but that cant be overlooked, especially in todays game. that athleticism wont last forever tho. but as of today, blake is one of the most athletic guys on the court. people dislike this guy so much that they forget he can actually ball. as for his post dunk antics… ummm people complain about the nba hiding players PASSION or INTENSITY. remember this is a GAME and some people actually have fun when they play. which is why i love watching blake play. is he perfect? no. he def needs alot of work. but people act as if his only contribution to the clippers is dunks.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    he’s a 20/10 guy and yet his game is raw as sushi. Be carefull what you wish for.

  • Yesse

    I liked him when he came to the league and last season.

    This season he looks totally like another person, personality wise. He has got arrogant with himself. Sometimes arrogance is a good thing, but in his situation, i don’t think so. It also seems like his development has made a little stop. I haven’t seen him training on that jumper that much anymore.

  • Old Long Johnson

    article should be titled “chris paul doesnt understand where all the blake griffin hate is coming from”

  • @boweezy24

    The Fame Is Ruining Him, Maybe.

  • mugiwara

    what happened to the bank shot??

  • add

    well said ray ray

  • Big Balls Smalls

    how dare you all insult the great Blake Griffin. Rookie of The Year, Slam Dunk Champion, Mr. Top 10 and now Superman, as passed on by the immortal Kazaam. Perkins, Cousins, Gasoft, and Sir Jason Smith should all be suspended for comments made about the great Griffin. Wait until him, Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes lead the Clips to a ship and then u will all regret your harsh words towards Blake.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Lol chris why are u making things worse for blake.

  • Drig

    @The Fury……….no effing way is he gonna improve his stats. Whether he becomes a go-to guy and develops some money shots is different though.

  • north

    What about the people who like when players play defense? Those people don’t like him either. He plays basketball like he’s on a football team.

  • Saul_Gould

    It never fails. Anyone who does well at anything is hated.
    Its jealousy. Plain and simple. How could anyone not like the Super-human athletic abilities of a Blake, Lebron, Howard.
    Its pure excitement.

    Stop being so angry, stop hating.

  • magicman101

    Maybe Chris should read the rule to Blake then so he will stop throwing bows into people’s faces… btw I can dunk over the front of a KIA too… and that’s not saying much…

  • Ryan D.

    Keep banging on them Blake. Haters gonna hate. Best in game dunker on people ever, there said it.

  • LA Huey

    True story

  • robb

    @Ryan D. Kemp is the best dunker on people ever.

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  • Nate C

    didn’t they lose to the Lakers when he dunked on Pau? Just sayin. I hate what ESPN makes him out to be, not the man himself. But Cousins is right, he is an actor. And Blake is right, Cousins has earned ZERO right to talk.

  • Sheed

    His response to Cousins is hilarious… I love Blake’s sense of humor

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Word to Nate C it’s not hate for him it’s hate for his hype. ESPN never fails to hype up one play.

  • Ryan D.

    Kemp is not and was my favorite player growing up. Ive got old VHS tapes at home of almost every Shawn Kemp dunk (pre blow days) and they are nowhere near Blake’s elevation and ferocity. Given the training in the early 90′s cannot compete with what goes on today but Blake beats him.

  • randy

    3 guys have 20 /10 averages this season. blake is one of them. only second year guy on the list. so he IS good. most guys don’t like to be the low man in the poster shot. that is what the hate is al;l about. if you don’t like the guy , fine. but to stay he is not good shows a lack of knowledge about what is good….. and if he were on your team, you would be singing a different toon. tell me, seriously, if he was on your team would you still be saying he was no good? if he is no good then no one is good. blake rules you drool.

  • Jerome

    Shoot, Kemp’s kids can dunk with more ferocity than blACHE, shoot.

  • Dylan

    He Dident dunk on me?

  • bike

    It’s kind of funny to see how fast people turn on ball players. Blake was the darling of the highlight reel all last season and the first part of this season. Now, because he’s playing up to the dunk-adoring crowd with the in-your-face act, he’s become arrogant and one dimensional. My advice to Blake: next time you put a major dunk on someone, bow your head and look ashamed like a kid caught j**king off. That should work for a little while.

  • Yessir

    i love SLAM but this headline is just plain awful. misleading. doesn’t make sense. c’mon guys.

  • smoove

    idk i like his agressive nature, but his dunking is getting tiring, i wanna see him add an element to his game, start taking oppponents from faceup 15ft away from the baskets,freethrows, strengthen his post game etc, his ceiling is high.

  • Ryan D.

    Kemp got alot of kids which one?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF30WneDtQc Datkid

    lmao @ bike.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance DFrance21

    I have no problem with his stares and glares after he dunks. Its the constant flopping and whining that I can’t stand. Chris Paul wouldn’t understand because he’s just as big of a flopper and whiner that Blake is.

  • Adam

    As a Clippers fan, he’s been frustrating this year. When we’re winning games, his antics are exciting and slightly unsportsmanlike (seemingly). When the clips are losing in a game or just executing terribly and he pulls these things, it’s just like javale’s alley to himself when he was on the Wizards, straight stupid. And all the people who complain about his “taunting”, it seriously depends on what point the games in.

  • james

    I don’t get the comments ( I haven’t been dunked on) ok you haven’t been dunked on but then again you’re nobodies! The biggest Blake haters are the nobodies who nine times out of ten don’t have any athletic ability themselves. The more successful he gets the more they hate him simple..

  • Lakers suck

    lot of Lakers fans that are still heated that Pau got a bow to the grill. Deal wit it chumps.

    Lob City!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LA Huey

    I hope Blake listens to bike. Personally, I like when pro athletes accompany their feats with pro wrestling antics.

  • ernie

    Clippers is 4th in the West. Blake is their top scorer and rebounder. He plays hard, hustles and dives for loose balls.

  • DukeFromDeep

    Blake is WAY better than Kemp ever was… Book It!

  • deadbored

    man, all you people saying that blake is not good or too arrogant or whatever are sooooo boring. oh and idiots. i dont usually like calling people names and such because its a little too childish but thats what your responses deserve. go read a book or figure out some way to exercise your intellect for goodness sake.

  • Tempest

    He’s a sick cunt, deal with it

  • gusisit

    next thing you know blake will model his game on javale and throw one off the back board

  • Chaka

    Yea he was good at first but now people are starting to like him cause of his dunks he reminds me of another lebron but weaker cause do ya’ll remember the free throws he air balled?

  • nbaNw8

    He must hate Ibaka.

  • SoCo

    It would be funny if those who say “I didn’t get dunked on” would play basketball at their neighborhood park and randomly get dunked on by Blake Griffin.

  • SoCo

    When your cable gets cut off, you have a lot of time on your hands
    When you have a lot of time on your hands, you play basketball
    When you play basketball, you get really good at basketball
    When you get really good at basketball, you get drafted into the NBA
    When you get drafted into the NBA you play against the Clippers
    When you play against the Clippers, you get dunked on by Blake Griffin


  • SoGlo

    Blake needs to be improve the rest of his game. Dunks wont win a championship!!