Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  41 responses

Reggie Evans: Blake Griffin Should Defend Himself, Not Count on Others

Unlike many of Blake Griffin’s teammates and coaches, Reggie Evans thinks it’s up to Blake Griffin to do something about all those hard fouls from opponents. From the LA Daily News: “If Griffin wants the fouls to stop, according to Evans, he needs to take matters into his own hands and not rely on anyone else. ‘Blake is 6-10 and what, 240 or something? He’s a big boy. He should know how to defend himself out there,’ Evans said. It would be different, Evans said, if opponents were picking on smaller Clippers such as Chris Paul, Mo Williams or Eric Bledsoe. If that was the case, Evans and the other Clippers big men would gladly step up in defense. ‘But you’re talking about a big man helping out another big man, you know what I’m saying,” Evans said. ‘You’ve got to be able to defend yourself.’ Evans said he would not have let it get to this point, if he was on the wrong end of the physical play. ‘If I’m in that position people are not going to be doing me like that, you know what I`m saying?’ he said. ‘I ain’t gonna depend on no NBA to take care of it. My high school coach, he told me a way to get a person up off you. There is a way to get someone up off you. You can’t ask another big man to do it.’”

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  • AsadSaleh3

    No, you should defend him Reggie. Blake needs to stay in the game. Reggie or Kenyon should be the ones giving hard fouls in the playoffs.

  • John

    i’m with evans. Blake cries entirely too much. Imagine this guy in the 80s or 90s NBA? he wouldn’t get off the bench with an attitude like that. A guy shoves you, you shove him back and then he’ll stop doing it.. end of story. You learn that in preschool, man up Griffin.

  • http://slamonline.com raylan

    waiting for reggie to defend him will show just what a little b!tch he is and will get more hard fouls.
    he should defend himself. foul hard on the next possession or something. show them you’re not to be messed with.

  • satchow

    Basically Blake Griffin is a crybaby.

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

    chris kaman’s private parts need to defend themselves

  • Pais

    Sounds reasonable to me. No one’s saying he has to starting deploying a tiger uppercut, but with in reason defend yourself. Don’t remember anyone pushing around Karl Malone?

  • Addam

    Reggie’s HS coach told him to grab the other player’s junk.

  • AsadSaleh3

    Barkley said it last week. One of the guys who doesn’t play much needs to deliver the hard fouls to let it be known that CP3 and Blake won’t be messed with. So many people talk about the 80s and 90s. That’s what used to happen. Protect the star players.


    LMAO @ spit hot fiyah! Kaman’s lucky Serge Ibaka wasn’t the one giving his family jewels the death grip.


    Co-sign AsadSaleh3. Reggie needs to know his place on the team. I mean, I get his point.
    Blake does need to step up and stop b!tching. I don’t remember Shaq being THIS b!tchy back in the day.
    But Reggie also needs to do his part and protect him as well.

  • greg

    back in the day was different than now. these sorts of acts will not be tolerated if they have nothing to do with ball. if someone were to retaliate it would be reviewed and determined to be a retaliation and there would be fines and suspensions, and you lose a contributor in the playoffs. stern just needs to tell teams privately to stay off blake griffin. yeah i know its soft but thats the way the NBA works and its never going back to the way it was.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    Why would you even say this if you’re Evans?

  • Mooney10

    If I were his size, nobody is hittin me. Throw your weight around start playin like Kemp as everypne compares you to! Nobody shoved Reignman, gotta make people afraid, take a page out of KG’s book. It all starts with intensity and attidtue not higlights.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    What a moron. Blake is the second best player in the game. He needs to STAY IN THE GAME. Guys like Reggie Evans don’t really make a difference whether the Clippers win or lose; having Blake suspended 3 games for retaliating does. Also, when is he supposed to fight back, while he’s lying on the floor writhing?

  • FnF

    Why do people bring up the 80s or 90s like that validates their point. If the NBA wanted their current brand of basketball to be like 80s or 90s then they would reverse the rule changes they made. Why not even reduce the size of the paint and take away the 3 point line while they are at it?

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    Also, Reggie should skip on the tough guy talk after his flop on Vasquez yesterday. What a wanker.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    I meant to say Blake is the second best player on the team.

  • http://slamonline.com Jones

    @Pais: to be fair, Malone was built like a tank and he looked pretty mean. Had a pretty scary rep too, unlike Blake who flops like a fish and constantly whines to the refs. Lose the caveman stare too.

  • AsadSaleh3

    I’m with FnF on this.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    And yeah, seriously, enough of “BACK IN THE 80s!” sentiments. It’s 2012 – we’re a long way away from MJ’s “Thriller”. The game has evolved, and so have the players. Its a different climate for sports, and different things factor into why the NBA’s policies are more strict nowadays. We live in a world where even “live” TV is censor-delayed by two seconds. Its stupid to be sentimental and longing for 80s brand of basketball in this day and age; its equivalent to fans in the 80s longing for the days of Russell and Chamberlain and no 3-point line. Sports, like anything else in the world (music, politics, science, etc) changes over time. Get over it and enjoy the game.

  • Top$helf

    He’s not saying Blake should punch somebody in the face he can give a hard foul without getting suspended just like when Rip Hamilton hit D Wade he got his a$$ knocked down everytime somebody fouls Blake he lays on the floor and covers up his face like a lil girl

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Where Reggie is right:
    -Blake does need to be able to defend himself.
    -Blake does whine too much.
    -This would be a very different situation if it was Paul.
    Where Reggie is wrong:
    -Reggie can defend Blake too.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    @Backboard stfu & go save the queen or whatever you do. Blake complains way too much while playing unfairly(you know what I’m talking about). When even your teammates recognize that, there’s a problem.

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

    @orange or the lil’ dun chop, that would have been steralizing

  • Nails

    I agree with the people saying Reggie should know his role. However, back in the day you didn’t get fined 5 G’s for every technical. So if a big star wants back up he better get ready to write a check for his teammate. At the end of the day, the lesser players will have less motivation when they know they loose money every time they give a hard foul to protect an over paid superstar. (I realize that Blake doesn’t get paid that much YET, but you see my point) Also, Blake Griffin is the closest thing to LeBron James at least in terms of body type and the King never b*tched this much.

  • @Backboard

    So you’re saying that ALL change is good. No matter what happens things just change, and the ALWAYS CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. I mean there can’t possibly be the chance of something getting worse right? That’s impossible, I mean we’re humans we don’t make mistakes.

  • lichief

    Griffin brought it on himself, why does you have to posterized someone every night?

    He has a god given gift to play this game but you do not have to embarrass your opponents without expecting some kind of recrimination. Don’t you think he acts little superior when he ducks on someone? Just asking….

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    TOLD y’all!
    He let that little boy shoulder block him all the way into the expensive seats.
    And did nothing.
    Not that it matters, but my opinion toward Griffin changed during that incident. I mean, Chris Paul had to act tough that day for Blake Griffin.
    Griffin doesn’t have “it”.

  • AsadSaleh3

    Blake dunking on people doesn’t give them the right to commit dirty fouls on him. Non-basketball plays have no place in the game, period (hence the term non-basketball). Let’s be real here, a lot of guys who can’t guard certain players get frustrated and commit hard or dirty fouls. Stop the man from dunking on you by playing better defense or just getting out of the way if you’re not able to guard him. I don’t care what era it is, it has to be taken care of. All of you who wish to see the 80s and 90s come back, there are plenty of DVDs available for you to watch those games. It’s 2012. Realize that it’s a different game today. One of these guys will really get hurt seriously if it’s not handled properly and I’d love to hear what those of you who simply want Blake to “stop whining” will say then.

  • Bobbito

    If Reggie Evans likes winning, and being mentioned more often on ESPN, he should do whatever it takes to make sure Blake is enjoying LA. That includes having his back when he needs it. Idc how big a guy is, a dirty foul is a dirty foul. If Blake is a pacifist, so be it. As a teammate I’m not going to allow that to happen without retaliating unless he’s a serious believer in Ghandi or something.

  • @boweezy24

    Dude Is Always Floppin, Maybe Refs Think He Is Floppin?

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    @Red – Wow, such a witty retort! Anyway…yes, he flops, but is flopping a reason to tackle him at full speed a la Smith from the Hornets? He is being targeted by opposing players because he tries to show them up by staring them down and preening – that is what pisses the players off. I don’t think the dunking gets them upset, Vince Carter used to do what Blake is doing now, but no one ever tried to hurt him like they’re doing to Blake (VC just hurt himself all the time ;) ). Hell, even Gasol got mad about Blake’s over-the-top preening, and he’s a pretty calm player. Guys are intentionally trying to hurt Blake – a guy like Evans could help with a hard foul or two…or, as Evans has done in the past, grab another player’s nuts. And its not like Evans doesn’t flop himself.

  • iLL wiLL

    So Reggie grabs a handfull of balls.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    lmao @ spit hot fiyah.

  • Moj

    What Reggie is saying is this: one hard elbow to the mouth of his defender, and people will take notice. Simple as that.

  • Josh

    He flops a little during 50/50 balls, but does everyone genuinely think that every time a thug who just wants to take down the superior athlete with brute force hits him hard, he should retaliate? Every Clips game would be like 40 minutes of Mortal Kombat.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Reggie’s right, big men should not have to protect even bigger men. Blake is usually the strongest and most physical player on the court, he’s fully capable of protecting himself.

    When Jared Dudley is up in your face and your only response is staring into the distance while chewing on your mouthpiece, the hard fouls and cheap shots will continue. When you push Andre Miller and his 6’2 pg a$$ responds with a Goldberg Spear and you don’t respond, the hard fouls and occassional cheap shots will continue.

    Again, no one’s saying he needs to lay someone out with a choke-slam, but he needs to stand up for his damn self.

  • Ldub

    WTF? Are you kidding me? So Evans in basically encouraging BG to go and take someone out? So if BG listens to Evans and “takes matters into his own hands”….the star/2nd star of the team is out due to suspensions and fines and what not? Way to go Evans. Way to think smart! DUMBASS!

  • abc

    No, Evans. You have to protect all your teammates, especially the stars, whether they’re strong or not. You can never let opposing team role players taking your stars out of the game.

  • denise love

    I think its time for the Mr. Stern to intervine on Blakes behalf. They are getting paid to do a job as well as Blake Griffin, now if they are embarrassed because he dunks on them that is his game and that is what the fans watch the game for,you as a man and a a player should be able to take it its only Basketball. You dont like it when someone dunks on you the move out of the way. If it were you being the dunker in your eyes its just a play well the same for this kid, as a mother from the ole school all that is is hating dont be a hater congradulate this youngster for doing what he loves and doing it well. Stop all the hard fouling and just play Basketball.

  • Michelle714araya

    I see, so technically you’re saying no matter what you will never protect your teammate Blake G. Hmmmmmhhhmmm!!!!
    Big or small you should always back you team and protect each other That is why they call it TEAMMATE:) no matter what we LOVE YOU BLAKE 32!!! :)