Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 at 12:41 pm  |  42 responses

DeAndre Jordan: ‘I Feel Like People are Intentionally Trying to Hurt [Blake Griffin]‘

There’s been a lot of talk about Blake Griffin the past few weeks—many wonder if he’s being overly sensitive to fouls, or if players are trying to go after him too hard, or if it’s some kind of combination of the two. Pretty obvious which side of the line DeAndre Jordan stands on, as he took to the media to defend his teammate by saying opponents may be intentionally attempting to injure Griffin. Via ESPNLosAngeles: “The Los Angeles Clippers are tired of seeing Blake Griffin take hard fouls and have vowed to protect their All-Star forward if it continues. ‘I feel like people are intentionally trying to hurt him,’ Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said. ‘It’ll all come back around.’ Late in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, Suns center Robin Lopez was ejected for a flagrant foul on Griffin. On Sunday, Griffin will see New Orleans Hornets centerJason Smith on the court for the first time since Smith was ejected and suspended two games for a flagrant foul on Griffin in the fourth quarter of their game last month. The criticism of Griffin and his teammates in the past is they haven’t done enough to retaliate after those hard fouls. ‘If Blake gets fouled, I can’t go punch someone in the nose,’ Jordan said. ‘We can’t do that but throughout the course of a game, other fouls happen to other players on the opposite team and if they happen to be hard fouls, they happen to be hard fouls. We’re going to protect our teammates; it doesn’t matter who it is.’”

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  • http://www.nba.com Red

    They need to shut up. When you keep going inside trying to dunk on people you’ll get fouled. Do you expect players to just volunteer for dunks? Guys’ll play hard so teach him how to hit jumpers if u don’t want to get hurt.

  • bernie

    Pfffffff…. One of the most exciting things in basketball is dunking…
    If you don’t want to see dunkings and want to see dunkers getting injured then watch someting else.

  • Fletch213

    ^that has to be one of the dumbest comments ever. How could you possibly try to justify an injury because of the fact that people don’t like to get dunked on.

  • Fletch213

    That was for @Red

  • Drig

    Red makes sense. Blake not only fouls with his off-hand while dunking but he also acts like he’s the sh*t after he dunks it and gets calls even though he hasn’t proved himself. Hell, if that’s justified, I say trying to stop him with hard fouls ( Not to be mistaken with malicious fouls like Bynum elbow to Barea ) is more than justified. And Blake shouldn’t be one to talk either…….I remember he shoved Morris when he tried to dunk after the foul was called mid-air. When he justifies it saying he doesn’t like others showing off on his court, what makes him think others like getting dunked on????

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    they r probably not shutting up because reporters keep on asking them the same question over and over again. David aldrige even apologized to griffin before asking him about the lopez foul.

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/ Paul H

    This has been discussed to a tedious level on this site. In my opinion Not wanting to get dunked on Is no excuse to go out and try and hurt someone. You’re trying to play the tough guy but all It shows up Is your frail ego and cowardice. Even worse than that, your ineptitude as a TRUE paint protector and all around defender. You can’t figure out a way to stop him so your only option Is to hurt him? Saying that I could do with at least 3 days without reading an article about It. Just play lads. Just play.

  • Mp7three

    Well DeAndre, when you or Blake dunk and hang on the rim making faces & posing …teams take note. When Blake uses his off arm to either stiff arm a defender or worse uses it vault off the defender for dunks (like on Perkins & Pau) and you and your teammates overeact & taunt teams take notice. Especially when your team was doing nothing till CP3 got there. Its that easy…you act like douches and people dont like it.

  • Riley

    @drig….you are clearly taking dunks like that gasol dunk and running with it, it seems like since that dunk all of a sudden every dunk Blake has ever done has somehow now been offensive fouls. Please!. Most of his dunks are NOT offensive fouls, do you even watch the games?, most of the time he doesn’t showboat after a dunk, I’ll admit he’s done this on a handful of occasions (as do most nba players) but not often enough to characterize him as someone who thinks he’s the sh*t. Now his teammates on the other hand, they do most of the celebrating for him, hugging him, pushing him, laughing etc…in my opinion they do go a little overboard at times with cheering after dunks, but seriously what team doesn’t do this when one of their teammates makes an exciting play. people are so over sensitive about his dunks. I don’t care if he dunks, a dunk is legitimate way to get points for your team, if you don’t wanna get dunked on, improve defensively or come up with a strategy to stop him, not foul the crap outta the guy to the point where it becomes flagrant. You cant stop something legal(dunks) by trying to do something illegal(flagrants). it’s not fair and it’s not right. point blank.

  • Drig

    @Paul, it’s difficult with that off-hand stopping you. Also, no one’s saying he deserves flagrants. But hard fouls are justified considering the way he plays and shows off in-game.

  • bravo

    I wanna see blake fight someone than maybe he stop talking

  • surety

    To be fair, Blake dishes plenty out as well.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    We just need one time machine…have him play against the Bad Boy Pistons…

  • his_airness

    Well, from what I see everyone seems to be complaining that these guys showboat when they dunk. Okay, that’s not the smartest idea but if any of you actually play the game and can dunk, you get hyped up when it’s a big play. On the thing on hard fouls, there are hard fouls and then there is straight up dangerous play. Lopez’s play was bad but it was nothing on Smith’s tackle on Blake. I don’t care if these guys are dunking on you, you never, ever try and take someone out and attempt to cause an injury. Prove yourself and defend him well and hard, not just hit him because he has an ability to jump out of the building.

  • Jerome

    DJ is just venting from all the splinters he’s been receiving lately. That’s a fat contract to sit on.

  • russian guy

    Co-Sign Caboose:If he would have pulled that shit he did to Pau (staring down,shoving,stiff arm to his neck),Mahorn or Laimbeer would have killed him.Like really killing him.


    Who cares about deandre Jordan I would take kwame brown over him

  • shutup

    At least no one is arguing that it isnt happening. You can try to justify it by saying in some sort of way that he deserves it, but trying to injure a guy is different than fouling him hard. I am getting sick of people saying he shoulda played back in the day, maybe we should stop taking vaccinations maybe we should trade our cars in for horses or maybe we should just accept the world we live in today and stop romanticizing the past, truth be told the Pistons were dirty players and anyone that thinks otherwise is a fool.

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

    this has gotta be the fiftieth article about this….. but for the record cosign paul

  • EJ

    If you don’t want to get dunked on, try to tie him down before he jumps. If you can’t do that, get out the way. We’re talking about someone’s pride getting hurt, and someone actually getting hurt here.
    Arguing for some of those hard fouls is just stupid and fake toughness.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Bottom line is dunking is part of the game and you will get dunked on sometimes BUT don’t be surprised when those same people decide to start giving you hard fouls. I don’t justify non basketball hits but hard fouls and wrap ups are part of the game as well.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I’d like to see Delente West give him a mid-air wet willie…

  • http://averysmith.org Avery

    Blake is one dimensional. He’s got to stop crying and develop a jumper. This is marshall law here. Some would liken it to barbarism. Might makes right. He’s dumb to continue to always try to posterize. Who cares if someone gets thrown out AFTER they foul them. That doesn’t stop them FROM fouling him! Again, this is all non-sense. Whether or not he deserves it is not the issue. The issue is that he’s a marked-man. Survival of the fittest. Use your brain, Blake. Outsmart the foul because you obviously can’t out jump the foul.

  • Phil the thrill

    When you try to embarrass someone with those dunks, expect to be put on your ass! If you tried to dunk on lambieer or Oakley you get put on your ass!

  • bernie

    There is adifference between a hard foul and a foul where the intention is an injury

    When I see the Lakers nowadays with Bynum on Barea and world peace on James Harden …
    I am wondering: Poor Lakers … You need to go crazy because you cannot win against your opponents

    I am ashamed that I have been a Lakers fan…

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Cosign bernie.

  • Mike from Spain

    Guess what, Lakers won XD

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/ Paul H

    Cheers @ Datkid. I just hate the hard man ball. It’s meaningless.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I am completely against intentionally trying to injure someone by undercutting them or pushing them into the stands while they are in the air. There’s no room for that in basketball. That being said, Blake doesn’t only complain about those types of fouls. He whines about ALL FOULS. He whines about being wrapped up. He whines about being boxed out too aggresively. And he acts like he got “Metta World Peaced” any time he gets hit on the head. I love watching BG posterize dudes, but it just comes off wrong when the most physical and aggressive player on the court is complaining about opponents being too physical.

    Also, I think players are testing Blake. It seems like every other game someone is in Blakes face. Even Jared Dudley!!! Bottom line, teams are going to continue to excessively foul Blake until A) Blake clocks somebody B) Someone aside from CP3 stands up for him C) Reggie Evans gives an opposing player “The Shocker” . . . these are the only options.

  • Lan

    Shaq can only shake his head.

  • 1tail

    Blake and d rose are what’s wrong with the NBA now. Hard foul don’t mean Im trying to hurt you. MSN up! Blake flops like a power ranger then uses his off hand to create space for his ducks. Last time I checked that’s a foul.

  • 1tail

    *man up, *dunks.

  • Drig

    To be clear here, I said hard fouls were justified. Not elbows ( How ironic that I mentioned elbows and Metta drops one on Harden…….and am a Laker fan ). Bad move Metta. Wishing a speedy recovery for him. He nor any other player deserves such shots. But hard fouls are different.

  • http://slamonline.com Jones

    Blake hasn’t even sniffer a playoff game before, so he should learn that in that playoffs there’s no layups and no dunks. Especially when he can’t hit FTs.

    Oh, and Blake? When you flop like a fish, that doesn’t exactly endear you to your opponents… Being a renowned flopper practically makes people want to hammer you even more.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Maybe if he stopped the showboating…

  • Geoff

    Sooooo it’s okay for Blake to give hard fouls because he “doesn’t like people showboating on his court”, but it’s wrong for others? He can dole out offensives while he dunks, but it’s wrong for others to send him a message about it? I can’t wait ’til he plays playoff ball. He’s gonna learn the hard way about how far no substance/all flash gets you. And boy will he really have some fouls to complain about.

  • 23

    I don’t understand, do people like when teammates stick up for each other? I thought everyone here wanted old school mentality where teammates commit hard fouls for their teammates?

  • What

    Hey Clippers! its called defense maybe you should try it sometime.

  • Nails

    I honestly don’t get why people are so shocked when they think players are trying to HURT each other. DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IS ON THE LINE HERE? MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, PLAYOFF POSITIONING, MINUTES, REPUTATION,EVERYTHING. If I’m a player on the opposing team and my coach is reaming me out because BG just dunked on me twice. You better bet your life that I’m going to give him a HARD foul. I’m not going to punch him or assault him, but if BG is what is standing in my way then I will do it. These games are battles that are apart of a larger war, and you are sadly mistaken if you think people are playing fair in war. If you think that is an extreme analogy well then ESPN could’ve fooled me. Because the media hypes these games and events like they are battles to the death. So don’t be surprised when MEN get heated. Everyone here talks about integrity and all that stuff but anyone who has played sports on a fairly competitive level will tell you that people cheat and dig into each other all the time. Does it make it right? No, but it is reality.

  • vince

    then stop elbowing people in the head when you dunk on them

  • http://Slam Alexpage

    That’s ritee Dj<3 you guys have to stick together. No matter what, you guys are going to have alot of haters. Just keep up the good work!
    Blake griffin <3
    Deandre jordan <3
    The los angeles clippers all day babbiii!!!!<3

  • zero

    How about D-Howard.. Dont you think they intentionally hurt him?