Monday, September 17th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  24 responses

Blake Griffin’s Clippers ‘Not Just Worried About the Lakers’

Blake Griffin concedes that the Los Angeles Lakers look incredible on paper, and should be a very good team next season. But Griffin isn’t ready to hand them the Western Conference, let alone the NBA title. From the Oklahoman: “After one year as perhaps the main basketball attraction in Los Angeles, Blake Griffin and the Clippers figure to again be forced to play in the shadows of the Lakers now that Dwight Howard has teamed up with Kobe Bryant. But Griffin says not so fast. ‘On paper it looks great,” Griffin said. ‘People said the same thing when we got C.P., Chris Paul. But they still got to go out there and play.’ Griffin said the Lakers’ additions of Howard and Nash make them just one of many talented teams, not necessarily the favorite to win it all this season. ‘I think there’s a lot of tough teams in the Western Conference. There’s one right here (in Oklahoma City) that the Lakers have to get over,’ Griffin said. ‘The Spurs have been a good team for the past 500 years. And I think we’re preparing for that. So that’s kind of what you expect people to do. You expect them to hand out the trophy in the middle of the summer. So we’re not worried about that. We’re not worried about just the Lakers.’ [...] ‘There’s a lot of great teams and a lot of good talent as well,’ Griffin said. ‘It’s funny because the Heat have managed to somehow fly under the radar this summer and they added Ray Allen. So we can’t forget about all these other teams. We can’t worry about just the Lakers.’”

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    “The Spurs have been a good team for the past 500 years.” Hahaha.

  • spit hot fiyah

    haha for about as long as popovic had been alive

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OVPBYCSRK6PSUKNCOB66Z2L4IU scot

    that means he is worried about the Lakers.

  • LakeShow

    Don’t be skirred homie!
    Naw, for real the West is stacked! The East is top heavy, and very good 5-8.
    The L is going to be crazy next season.

  • Drig

    Aside from a one and a half month stretch to start the season, when were the Clips the main attraction in Los Angeles?? Anyways, what Griffin’s saying is true. What I would LOVE to see is now Griffin trying to dunk over us. Either that’ll lead to a fist fight or a shaq-young bynum esque reaction :D

  • Kevin

    LMAO at the comment about the Spurs. Im a Spurs fan and that was hilarious. Everybody in the West is getting slept on though cause of the Lakers. I hope SA can bounce back and have another great year like last year, that WCF loss still stings

  • LobCity

    Every time that Kobe has been in the finals, he’s had the more talented team. He’s lost twice. His more talented team also got swept in the playoffs, not even the finals, by Dallas a couple years ago. My point: You still gotta stay healthy and play the games. Right now, the Lakers have the talent to win, no matter what their bench looks like. No excuses. If the Heat choked by not winning last yr with Bosh, Wade and LeBron, then the Lakers will be the biggest choke job in the history of the NBA with Kobe, Nash, Gasol and Howard. With that said, they still gotta do it before anybody starts worrying about them

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Singleton/100000221405027 Linda Singleton

    I don’t know why Griffin keeps anointing OKC. If we had Phil Jackson last season, this would be a different conversation. OKC had a heck of a time trying to beat Miami and lost in the process. The Lakers beat the same players in 2010, with the exception of Derek Fisher, and won the championship. So don’t keep minimizing the Lakers chances because the games have to be played. OKC still has to play the games. OKC has come up short for a few seasons as I recall. So don’t count chickens before they hatch. The Lakers know how to win, and if Kobe had had some help in 2011, they would have gotten past OKC, in “my” estimation. So, let’s wait and see.

  • Max

    Not like KD, Westbrook, Harden and Ibaka improved..

  • PublicDefender

    Yeah with a feuding team in 2004 and in 2008 with no Andrew Bynum and with a Gasol so soft a bunny could knock him out. You are right about the other things, but don’t blame everything on Kobe

  • roscoe

    blake needs to worry about his FT%. for that matter djordan’s FT% too.

  • roscoe

    Okc improved. the short season took its toll on the old Lakers.

  • roscoe

    smush parker… chucky atkins… kwame brown… chris mihm… vlade rad… shud i keep going.

  • errday

    He doesn’t need to, Dwight will miss just as many. Moot point.

  • roscoe

    it is a problem for dh12 too… if we are talking about winning titles dey both should be worried about their FT%.
    get out of the vacuum brah.

  • errday

    My comment was that Dwight misses just as many as Blake and hence their problems cancel eachother out, making it less of an issue now in the match-ups between the two teams.

    Considering the Lakers are the team to beat in the West, the title race for the Clips is not up to Blake’s FT woes as Dwight will cancel it out with his misses if/when they play in the playoffs.

    TL;DR: They Both Suck and Hence its A Level playing field from the FT line.

  • Datkid

    cosign. that 2010 lakers team would’ve struggled MIGHTILY to beat the current thunder.

  • LobCity

    That was the team that blew so bad they missed the playoffs and got the lottery pick they used on Bynum. Never mentioned those teams, I mentioned the teams with Kobe, Bynum, Gasol, Artest, Odom, Shaq, Malone, Payton. Should I keep going?

  • LobCity

    I just used Kobe to reference the recent Lakers team, didn’t blame him. I should have been clear about that. But my point was they had the more talented teams. The team feuding is your excuse, but it also proves my point. This team might feud too, we’ll just have to wait and see. Essentially what I’m trying to say is in 2004 vs Pistons, 2008 vs Boston and 2011 vs Dallas, did you ever pick against the Lakers prior to that series? Most “experts” didn’t because the Lakers were more talented. Period. So this team might be more talented the rest but have the same result. Not likely, but possible. So I’d worry about the Heat for now.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t understand some people on this voting system. what is wrong with Lakeshows comment that makes someone vote that it’s bad? lol (not that it really matters, just sayin)

  • LakeShow

    Agreed. Like you said though, whatever.
    I think it’s hilarious when some writes a simple 1+1=2 comment and they get like 8 down votes… WTH lol.

  • LobCity

    1) Ppl anoint OKC because they came out of the West. 2) You say OKC struggled vs Miami but the Lakers didn’t even make it the Finals vs Mia. 3) The 2010 team beat OKC and then got rolled on by Dal. 4) “knowing how to win” didn’t lead to winning it alll, so I don’t know what good that does 5) Yeah, poor Kobe didn’t have any help. Just Bynum and Gasol. But I bet you said the heat choked when they lost last year. With all this Laker love I’m sure you’d prefer Kobe, Byum and Gasol over LeBron, Wade and Bosh, right?

  • roscoe

    @errday: I understand your point, but this is not algebra.
    According to you the LAC will beat the LAL more often than not bc dh12 & bg32 FT% crosses out.
    My point is bg32 needs to worry more about his FT% and DJ’s FT% than the LAL. One needs to look within and improves one’s weakness to achieve greatness.
    Additionally, if LAC has any chance of making a finals let alone winning one, your boy, bg32 needs to improve his FT% or it will never happen no matter how many monster dunks or cp3 heroic finishes possible.
    To keep this going. Who do you believe is more important to their team bg32 or dh12?
    My answer is bg32 w/out a doubt even with the clips addtions. dh12 is an upgrade to drew, but LAL fate does not hang on dh12, like it does for LAC w/ bg32.

  • errday

    I never said LAC would beat LAL, just saying that the FTs are a facet of this new match-up (Blake v D12) that will not factor into the game. Hack-a-Blake/Hack-a-Jordan is easily countered with a cheeky Hack-a Dwight.

    Dwight has far superior defense as compared to Blake, but Blake’s offense down low is better. Rebounding wise, Dwight is better but Blake has a better handle and is at least mildly threatening from further out (jumper and an alright drive).
    Also, Blake is way more important than D12 to their team as it stands now. I definitely agree with you.
    The Lakers have a better post-scoring option away from Dwight in Gasol not to mention Nash now feeding them whereas The Clips frontcourt without Blake is essentially DJ/Kmart getting occasional Oops from CP3 and easy off. boards with an occasional post-up move from them and Lamar as a bonus. Both are thin up front away from their starters.