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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  19 responses

Chauncey Billups Thinks Blake Griffin is ‘Too Nice’


LA Clippers star forward Blake Griffin is perceived by some observers as being a tad “soft”, this especially after he was manhandled by Zach Randolph in this year’s Playoffs. His teammate Chauncey Billups doesn’t necessarily agree, but concedes that Griffin being less kind could work to his benefit. Per ESPN: “I don’t agree that Blake Griffin is soft. But what I will say about Blake is that he’s maybe too nice of a guy,’ Billups said. ‘Because there’s been times in games where people take shots at Blake. And I tell him if that’s me, you’re going to have to take this two- or three-game suspension, and I’m going to punish somebody. That’s just how I’m built. Blake is not really built like that. He’s … too soft of a guy inside for him to be like, ‘All right, I’m just going to hurt somebody.’ He just won’t do it. I wish he would, and I think that people would look at him a lot different if he did that. But he’s just not that kind of person.’ Billups said ‘there’s nobody that works harder’ than Griffin, but the three-time All-Star would benefit if the Clippers were able to add ‘a veteran down low to help him … to push him along a little faster.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    when was the last time chauncey got a 2-3 game suspension for retaliating?

  • Corey

    It’s not that, Chauncey is a killer from an mental standpoint. Blake is a damn clown. Worried about glasses with no lens, fashion, etc. I mean to look professional is one thing, but to spend the day of the game thinking about what you are going to wear to the game (and you are a player at that!) is ridiculous. The whole damn league basically is a bunch of silly little girls trying to copy each other in every thing they do. Sad, sad, sad.

  • Junkie

    Man check out Durant and Westbrooks style in postgame conferences….idk of theyre trying to be funny or theyre idiots.

  • Dfrance

    I don’t like this whole fashion conscious culture that has taken over the NBA either, but that doesn’t mean guys aren’t focused on the game. Wade, Durant even Kobe dress like fools on occasion and are still killers on the court.

  • Dfrance

    “I don’t agree that Blake is soft”

    “He’s… too soft of a guy inside”

    Shut up Chauncey. I don’t think Blake is soft, he’s just not a very good defender, he flops too much and needs to work on his back to the basket game. All tough guy, hurt somebody schtick is bullcrap.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    word, like Blake dunking on people isn’t nasty enough.

  • Basketball Coach

    he is soft, you said it yourself he doesn’t have defense. yes he dunks every now and then but thats just for show. too afraid to get hurt really.

    basketballcoach.ca

  • LakeShow

    Ehhh…Chauncey is in the wrong here.
    He shouldn’t be calling out BG like that.

  • Dfrance

    Being a bad defender doesn’t make you soft. And the way Blake attacks the hoop with reckless abandon, I doubt he’s afraid to get hurt.

  • Shooting Guard

    Tim duncan’s looked soft his entire career and look what he has accomplished. What blake needs to do is learn the game like perfecting turnaround jumpshots and/or hooks etc. You can’t dunk on people forever

  • K_HOLIDAY

    You dont have to be a tough guy to be a great NBA player. Get in where you fit in Blake. Just improve your game and brush everything else off.

  • Aaron Fischman

    Completely right. The “killer instinct” cliche is more than a little ridiculous. As long as he keeps improving in various basketball areas, he doesn’t need to change who he is.

  • Jason Carter

    Ok Chauncey…mr. get up and get bad.

  • robb

    thumbs up

  • robb

    Canelo Griffin isn’t nice.

  • greg

    blake griffin needs to watch wade and see what happens when you do not expand your game

  • Mike From Spain

    I know it is only playground basketball, but when I feel I am getting pushed around too much and defended with too much shoving, I deliver a brief reminder that my arms also can reach out and push, and that also I have elbows. Game proceeds much more smoothly thereafter.

  • jking

    whens the last time someone fucked with him?

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