Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  34 responses

Kobe Bryant: Blake Griffin Should Start Hitting Back

Much like Blake Griffin’s teammate, Reggie Evans, Kobe Bryant’s advice for the Clippers’ high-flying star is to deliver the same amount of punishment that defenders do. Per ESPN: “Kobe Bryant, long an admirer of Griffin and his aggressive style, offered up some different advice. ‘I’d smack the f— out of somebody,’ Bryant said. ‘I’ve known him for a while and he’s a really nice guy so I don’t know if he’d want to do that. But I would. I would’ve done it early in the year.’ Bryant said he endured similar physical challenges from opponents early in his career. He took his cue on how to deal with it by watching his then-teammate Shaquille O’Neal. ‘At some point, you have to protect yourself,’ Bryant said. ‘I’ve had to do it many times in my career. I’ve seen Shaq do it many times, too. Some guys you just don’t mess with. I saw Shaq crack somebody his first year. I did it my first few years. Sometimes people feel like they can take advantage of you, they hit you and this, that, and the other. Sometimes you have to say, ‘Look, you’re not going to do this to me. I’ll take two games but you’re not going to put my health at risk by injuring me potentially. It’s not going to happen.’”

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  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    this guy gets it.

  • Jerome

    Kobe: “I mean, look at Meta … ain’t nobody gonna mess wit ‘im no mo’!” Success at success at success in excess.

  • LA Huey

    Must have forgot about Chris Childs…

  • T-Money

    i really don’t recall kobe smacking anybody out. maybe my memory is failing me.

  • http://aol.com The Iron Lung

    He didn’t back down from chris childs… he got that mean crispy 2 piece, but he was right back at chris once he wasn’t stun.ned

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    He swung on Reggie Miller, too.

  • lakernation

    Cosign @lights out

  • Jer Dawg

    Nobody is gonna get knocked out, but just send a message of don’t f with me. Simple. If a hard shove or just a flagrant foul will let people know.

  • robb

    He should hit back I agree but he also should be a man and stop all that flopping, he’s gonna look even worse if he hits hard and keeps flopping .

  • jake

    I can easily think of five times kobe chopped somebody for playing him dirty. He smacked the hell out of Raja Bell a couple times, and it was great.

  • Ali

    Bottom line, Man Up Blake, don’t be silent after you get smacked, get your Anthony Mason or Vernon Maxwell on and talk a little shi*. Some of those fouls he took this season look like guys are wanting him to react and say or do something, ANYTHING!

  • Off The Backboard

    I know Kobe gets flack for the Childs hit, but he hasn’t really backed down from anyone. He swung at Reggie when they had a problem, he went toe to toe with Barnes, Artest, and Bell. He’s had problems with Perkins, George Hill, Jarret Jack, and others. Mike Miller once split his brow and he had to get stitched up, so Kobe came back and elbowed him in the 3rd quarter. In his youth, Kobe wasn’t the strongest, but he hasn’t really “backed down” from anyone…hell, he got into a fist fight with Shaq, and even told Shaw something like “I don’t give a f**k, I’m not scared of him” when Shaq was literally hunting to beat his a** after Kobe’s 2004 interview with Jim Gray. Also keep in mind that Blake, like Kobe, is a STAR on the team. That doesn’t mean he should throw down and get suspended for 50 games, but if dudes are hurting you then you need to fight back and send a message to the next guys…either get in thier face or something. Blake just stands around chewing.

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

    I lost it at smack the f*ck out of somebody lol don’t really recall Kobe doing that except when he got in Childs face after getting that two piece special.

  • Off The Backboard

    Sorry, I meant to say Devin Brown, not Jarret Jack.

  • Off The Backboard

    I don’t think Bean would actually smack someone…that means missing games and such, and affecting the team’s chances to win. I think the message is moreso for Blake to kind of let the players on the other side know he won’t stand up for it…if you just whine to the referees and complain to the media about it, the players aren’t going to respect you.

  • ClydeSays

    Griffin has to push back or just take it. You can’t have it both ways. You can defend yourself without committing a flagrant. Don’t the Clips have a big man coach?

  • Rainman

    Funny, when Reggie Evans says this, he’s an idiot. but when Kobe says the exact same thing, he “gets it”.

  • Rainman

    I for one agree, and agreed with evans too, and felt this way for a long time now.

  • Rainman

    Its also humerous to see a few ppl commenting here specifically that gave Reggie Evans sh!t on that other post, here completely agreeing with Kobe.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    this is the same dude who said Bynum “earned his wings” or something asinine when Bynum fouled the hell out of someone. i don’t remember the scenario though.
    then some time later in the playoffs, bynum cheap shot barea when dude was in the air, and resulted in a 5-game suspension.

  • Ryan

    Why are people bringing up the Chris Childs? Childs got hit twice and ran away, kobe didn’t back down

  • LA Huey

    For the record, I agree with Kobe’s point. If you aint got goons on your team that’ll do your dirty work for you , it’s a worth missing a couple regular season games to make dudes think twice about taking cheap shots at you. Remember when Shaq went for some donkey punches on Brad Miller after he took exception to some hacking way back when?

  • PaulT

    Is leaving the players to police themselves the best route to go? This is the case in hockey and that sport is no longer enjoyable to watch unless you want to see fights, cheapshots, etc. In which case, why not just watch MMA.

  • LA Huey

    Ryan, because it’s fun to take cheap shots (no double entendre) and, to my knowledge, Wale never rhymed about any of his other fights.

  • Omar

    Shaq’s name stays in Kobe’s mouth.

  • everything

    bringing up what reggie evans said is immaterial in this issue. kobe is not a team mate of blake so that automatically changes the context in which bryant stated the words above. like him or not, every guy would say what kobe just said to griffin.

  • everything

    would you rather tell blake that, “you have a bunch of pussies in your squad. nobody’s standing up for you,” OR “just hit them right back Blake! just try to make sure you wont get caught and get ejected like artest.”


    love how everyone automatically remembers the chris childs two piece and a biscuit.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    George hill was not having beans bs intimidation

  • LeBrOn 4 MvP!

    yo yo, haters gon haTE! bg gon listen to kObe caus he the black mamba baaaby, watch bg in the playoffs just get physical like no on else ya feel me?! thas RIGHT ya heard it first on me, yteyah!

  • brandon

    ha thas what he told metta too! jk

  • EJ

    I think guys like Reggie Evans and DeAndre Jordan should be first to defend Blake, cause they need Blake in the game. I just think that’s smarter than getting your star player suspended cause he has to “man up”.
    I think those guys should be the first option to hit back.

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

    Yeah, Chris Childs hit him a mean two piece, but he didn’t back down. Hell if it weren’t someone else getting in the way the punch he thrown would’ve landed.

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

    It is an accumulation of him staring players down since last season.
    By now players are testing his M.O. He needs to start flexing and he needs to work on his shot mechanics.
    Everything else will fall into place. This season was a bit too short to take the risk of missing games and I commend him for keeping cool towards the end of the season.