Friday, April 6th, 2012 at 12:17 pm  |  67 responses

DeMarcus Cousins: Blake Griffin is ‘Babied’ By the NBA, and Refs

Despite the amazing feats he pulls off on the basketball court, people are growing increasingly tired of Blake Griffin’s actions. Last night, a frustrated DeMarcus Cousins said the NBA babies the high-flyer, which allows him to get away with all kinds of shennanigans. From SI: “The Kings’ center had seen the replays from Wednesday’s Clippers-Lakers game like everyone else, how the high-flying Griffin planted his elbow in the face of Pau Gasol during one of his trademark spectacular dunks. Opinions had varied about whether Griffin should have been called for an offensive foul, including Kobe Bryant’s assessment that the play was above reproach. But Cousins didn’t see it that way. He viewed the no-call as a continuation of the preferential treatment that Griffin has received from the NBA during his two seasons. ‘He’s babied,’ Cousins said. ‘He’s the poster child of the league. He sells tickets, but he’s babied. Bottom line.’ Babied by whom, Cousins was asked. ‘The refs, the league — period,’ he continued. ‘He gets away with [everything]. He taunts players. Nothing is done. He’s babied.’ [...] He could be seen jawing with Griffin from the team’s bench before heading toward the locker room, then pointing toward the tunnel as if to invite him to the worst kind of postgame party. Cousins laughed and smiled when asked what he had said, but then declined to comment on the matter. Griffin, however, confirmed that Cousins had wanted their tussle to continue after the game. ‘Yeah, but we don’t want to go there,’ said Griffin. ‘We really don’t want to go there. That’s something that will hopefully go away as time goes on for him. When guys get frustrated, that’s what happens. Like I said, I’m not trying to get into a back and forth, a verbal back and forth. Whatever happened out there happened, and I’m moving on.’ [...] The camera angle didn’t show whether Cousins made contact with Griffin’s face, but Smart was incensed on the sideline and Cousins was quick to accuse Griffin of selling his reaction to get the call. ‘Of course that’s what Blake is going to say because he’s in L.A., where actors belong,’ Cousins said. ‘He’s an actor.’ Cousins was then asked about the foul. ‘I guess the wind from my hand hit him in the eye,’ he said sarcastically. ‘I guess he got fouled by the wind. I’m not sure.’”

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  • ratguts

    I’m liking him more and more every day.

  • charles difuntorum

    at first I was pissed with this guy. but he really tells the truth.

  • http://www.nicekicks.com Chris

    Wow I can’t believe I’m agreeing with DeMarcus Cousins about anything.

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

    i like blake, but after almost every call dude is about to cry, he has the complaining game on lock for now. he’s coming for u mutombo


    i usually don’t agree with cousins but he has a point. 1 of these days some1 might end his career if he keeps acting like that

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    DeMarcus Cousins reminds me a lot of Rasheed Wallace, miscontrued as a hothead….at times can be, but mostly a stand up dude and he couldn’t be any more correct about Blake Griffin. He taunts, hangs on the rim, stares down, complains about every call, flops on the smallest contact, doesn’t have an ounce of defense in his DNA….and he’s the posterchild of the league

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

    Big Cuz with that truth! But seriously he dunks on people mean mugs and wonders why guys like Jason Smith knock his a$$ to the floor. It’s sad when you automatically know that when he gets fouled he’s going to the refs. I think he’s starting to let things get to his head.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    TBRK: I would definitely not classify DMC as a “stand up dude.” He reminds me more of Derrick Coleman. Talented, great potential, but he’ll fall short cause of his horrible attitude.

  • abaci

    To prove he is not an actor and not being babied, blake went on Sesame Street.

  • Bt

    The ego on Blake is ridiculous. He is utterly useless aside from dunks, can’t play defense to save his life and acts like he’s one of the best in the game. In his rookie year he increased the clippers win total from the previous year by 3. THREE. I’d take dirk, love, pau, bosh, Garnett, Duncan, Josh smith and even Amare before Blake. And he absolutely is babied, money talks and Blake gets the casual clueless fan spending money

  • kobe4ever8

    lol!!! I almost spilled my lunch from laughing with this comment! ^^^^

  • kobe4ever8

    i mean from abaci’s comment

  • Youngindy21

    While I don’t usually like Demarcus Cousins, He is absolutely right. Blake is babied by the league/refs. That was a foul on Pau Gasol in that Lakers game but because it was an awesome dunk they ignored it. While were at it, you know who else is babied by the refs, LEBRON AND D-ROSE.

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

    DMC might have a point. but I like blake unlike half the people on this post so that’s as far as I’ll go.

  • robb

    Thank you Demarcus. Blake needs an old school foul or two.

  • http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/shotchart?gameId=320404014 Allenp

    Man, I didn’t realize so many people hated Blake. I like Blake and Cousins.

  • Waggle

    I’m glad others are seeing what I’ve been seeing too. Good on DMC for speaking up.

  • JoeMaMa

    Player comes into the league. Player plays very well. League sees this, put player’s face on all NBA advertisements. Referees give a freer hand to player, in order to give player space to rise further. Fans lap it up. Fans make youtube videos showing amazing plays. Corporations line up to player. Media coverage, interviews, talk show appearance are thrown at player. Player sees this, reacts accordingly. Fans then see this, turn on player. And yes, I’m referring to _______ ________. (eh…just pick any name from the superstar roster)

  • Mp7three

    Cousins said it all perfectly! And Jason Smith’s foul on him was well deserved. If he’s going to dunk on players and stare them down with that narrow Cyclops space between his eyes and not get T-ed up (with Deandre Jordan as his hype man) then other players are not going to like him and his act.

  • eugene

    Cousins FTW

  • Mack

    The putback dunk he did was definitely an over the back foul, but the second dunk was clearly not… Gasol jumped into a poster go watch the replay again, he had no chance and he jumped from inside the restricted area

  • @Deknowz

    A baby complaining about someone being babied. cute.

  • dma

    it was obvious when Griffin lead the league in flagrant fouls calls against/for him last year. no way he gets more flagrant fouled than dwight howard.

  • yes8a

    blake deserves less attention from public. hes somewhat called posterising dunks on pau was a absolute offensive foul. swinging his whole arm in his face. comon nba refs. cousin u tell it right. guy needs to learn

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Wow i like Cousins now whoaaa.

  • Ash

    JoeMaMa explains it clearly

  • kyle

    Demarcus is finally growing up. So true. Blake is one giant actor, and acts like an angel to the public, but inside.. he’s an arrogant baby.

  • LA Huey

    I like taunting and trash talk. I don’t think you should be able to get into someone’s grill when you do it though.

  • bike

    I like Blake and all, but he hasn’t added much to his game compared to last year. He initially struck me as someone who had the work ethic to add many dimensions to his game but it seems like he has become fixated on the ESPN highlight reel dunk. Hate to see him become nothing more than an athletic freak. And with that post-dunk attitude ish, someone is going to try to take him out—and DMC has got the tools to do just that.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    JoeMaMa…..for the win.

  • tony

    Cousins just jealous he don’t have Blake hops, Blake money, or Blake talent or accolades. Where I’m from we don’t acknowledge clowns that’re jealous of what we do, we keep it movin’.

  • luis

    Haha cousins is the truth

  • Old Long Johnson

    Blake just put cousins on the Mozgov list. Better watch your back you fake tough guy.

  • Sid

    I’d take Cousins over Blake anyday. A much better all round game. A better player. period

  • Najee35

    Blake is not the first player to act on the court. Players like Paul Pierce and Derek Fisher have been acting fouls for years. In the end its just strategy. He could definitely play more defense. Who cares if he’s not making any friends that’s what he’s team is for.

  • Clipptown

    everyone who is hating on blake is just mad because he has dunked on their whole team

  • bike

    I’m a queermosexual. Blake is my buTty

  • Heals

    @ratguts, yup, yup. I hijacked his bandwagon about a month ago and have been enjoying him as a ballplayer and personality more and more. I hear ya Ap, we live in world where everything is either this or that, a vs b and so on. Gimme both plus more…

  • http://slamonline slams chuck barkley

    He’s just mad blake is a beast!!!

  • Shaq in his Prime

    kobe lebron durant and blake all get away with calls from the refs. for exmaple i dont think ive ever seen them come close to fouling out at times. either the refs let some of their shennanigans slide, or they play the best defense without no contact this world has ever seen.

  • Detroit Dave

    am I tha ONLY one that still feel Live 2010 > 2K

  • Yessir

    i’m really sad this is happening. egos ruin everything.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    DC is mad because he had only 8pts and 3rbs last night.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    @ Caboose,

    Derrick Coleman. I don’t think I have ever felt so disappointed in a player. (And that’s crazy b/c he had an Ok career and made good money) but the what “could have been” just kills me. As for DeMarcus, he may have a point here (and I really like Blake) but the thing is, he can’t worry about that. He should be focusing on his own game. That’s always the best answer.

  • Ra7even

    It amazes me how these cats be whining about other players Blake plays beast ball go to the rim HARD!if the ref dont call it so be it and anyone who says all this kid does is dunk obiously does’nt watch this kid play or know the game,or ever played.

  • Sheri

    Right on Cous! You are the man in my book!

  • http://KingAkai.com Alpha-bet

    I do notice Blake gets away with those stare downs ALOT. No tech..no nothin’. If I notice it, I KNOW the other players and his competitors notice it. That could be a problem down the line.

    Especially now that it’s at the end of the season and half the league has nothing to play for now, some dude might just get tired of Griffins antics and act on it like, “f**k it, Im headhunting this dude”.

  • Showfan12

    @Jtaylor21, he only played 17 minutes, cuz he was in foul trouble because of bs calls like the one on blake. DMC’s been ballin last 10 games.

  • http://IGoHardNow.com CoolWhip

    Black Griffin’s sour demeanor and sense of entitlement is morphing him into Vince Carter 2.0

  • http://www.recogthereal.blogspot.com Brandan E.

    i love this, u gotta love rivalries between players!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    one of the only read young guys in the league left, that is why he was sent into the D-League for a bit as a warning that Stern will cut your ass out no matter how good you are if you say whats really on your mind!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    This makes me like Cousins a little more.

  • CorySP8

    Blake’s stare downs are legal in my book, he doesn’t gesture or yell like other player with a good dunk might do its just a blank stare. As for the flopping and crying I might have to watch more Clippers games to see any of that.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Exactly!! The stares are harmless. The dunks have no precedent. They might have to rewrite the rules. Hope they don’t…for now. Where you supposed to dangle your off-arm when a dude don’t get out the way. That’s where Mike taught us to put that shiver.
    DCuz pocketbook took a hit. Silly kid.
    Bynum is another one. Anyhoo…There’s play-off in the air. And I’m enjoying every bit of it.

  • cinquet

    Demarcus Blake is better than you end of story, and superstars get call its the way of the NBA. But I will stay blake does take a beating down there. But he is the poster child of the league because he puts people on posters lol

  • cinquet

    Demarcus Blake is better than you end of story, and superstars get call its the way of the NBA. But I will stay blake does take a beating down there. But he is the poster child of the league because he puts people on posters lol

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KeULR14tVE Jones

    Blake got his acting lessons from Paul.

    And click my name, Pierce once got a tech for dunking on Bosh and staring him down. This was PP coming off a finals mvp too. The refs just make Blake untouchable cos he plays in LA, sells tix and is a white guy,

  • alvin

    hes the KIA endorser of NBA… why would the nba not make Griffin their BABY

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Blake is more overrated than Jeremy Lin. BOOK IT!!

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    @jones, Blake a white guy?

  • Bur

    @Dutch Rich no he is mixed

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    @Bur, You gotta tell jones, but go easy… I think he might be blind.

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  • VC

    I wish DeMarcus dunks on blke hard one day. So had that Griffin gets mad antd starts a fight. I’d say demarcus takes blake down easily. And though the press is right about cousins being a talker and sort of thuggish, I have to agree with cousins this time. I dont like baby griffen.

  • YoYoManq

    Cousins is a trashy punk straight out da hood yo. He’s a punk that should be in the crips, not playing a sport. He’s a big dumb thug that probably can’t even spell his own name lol. Plus he is a kenSUCKy product so he is twice as stoopid….durrr….

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KeULR14tVE Jones

    @Dutch Rich: Looks pretty white to me, but yeah, my bad, didnt know he was mixed like JKidd.

  • Dee

    HELLLLLOOOOOOO…….WHERE ARE ALL THE BLAKE HATERS TODAY???? Did you all watch the Clippers v. OKC last night and are you watching tonight’s game v. T’Wolves? Can we count….how many fouls on Blake that were not called??? hmmmmmm???? and he is babied??? I don’t think so. These comments are coming from people who obviously do not watch Clipper games…GET INFORMED BEFORE YOU JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON!!!!