Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at 2:10 pm  |  19 responses

Chris Paul Says Blake Griffin the Key to Clippers’ Title Hopes

Having worked out the friction that came between them last season, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have grown closer this summer. With expectations for the star-studded LA Clippers rising, CP3 says Griffin’s play and development will be the key to how far the team will go. Per ESPN: “Blake is one of those guys, where his age has nothing to do with anything,’ Paul said. ‘People may say he’s a young guy, but he’s been special in this league, he’s been an All-Star. His voice carries a lot of weight and I think our team will definitely go as Blake goes. He’s our guy, and he’s good enough to do so.’ [...] The relationship between Paul and Griffin hasn’t always been perfect in their two years as teammates. There have been some differences of opinion in terms of their visions for how the team should be playing. But after spending a significant amount of time together this summer — travelling to Asia as part of a tour for Nike’s Jordan Brand and filming a national commercial for FootLocker, which will be released Tuesday — Paul says their bond, and understanding of each other, has deepened. ‘It’s been a great summer for us. I think we’ve both had an opportunity to grow,’ Paul said. ‘As you get older you realize it’s all about winning and I think we both realize we really need each other in order to do that.’ [...] ‘There’s no excuses,’ Paul said. ‘For me, years from now I’ll never remember we won 56 games in the regular season [in 2012]. The only thing I’ll remember is we were up 2-0 and we lost 4-2. That’s all I remember. I just know we lost. It’s something I think about every day. I’m going to keep fighting until something gives. Ricky Bobby said it best,’ Paul said, referring to the ‘Talladega Nights’ film starring Will Ferrell. ‘If you’re not first you’re last’ and I’ve been last the past eight seasons.’”

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  • Toner83

    Thanks Chris Paul, you just made my day. And you’ve made me want to watch that movie again.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Its good to see the Clippers on the rise again. Will Ferrell reference is so funny.

  • The Seed

    Its no way that Clippers will win a ring, with Blake. Its the truth. Poor paul, he decided to remain with this franchise, just because they got overrated Doc.

  • TR

    Only way they get to the finals is if BG becomes their best player

  • LakeShow

    Naw, just a top 3 PF that plays both sides of the ball.
    Chris Paul is a top 5 NBA player. That would be crazy for them to have two top 5 players. Blake will probably never be a top 5 guy.
    I could be wrong though.

  • LakeShow

    I love the part where he can’t see past his advertisement on his WINDOW! lol

  • TR

    Top 5 is tough to crack so maybe i reached haha. I think offensively its a matter of getting that 15-17 footer consistent enough to open up his game and also some stronger moves in the post (his arm length hurts there however). Defensively, he has all the physical tools, just needs some guidance, which hopefully Doc can provide. So top 8 player and maybe they can reach the finals.


    Does Paul know that the guy who said that was on peyote when he said it?

  • Toner83

    Add-on to that quote:
    Reece Bobby “Oh hell, Son, I was high that day. That doesn’t make any sense at all, you can be second, third, fourth… hell you can even be fifth.”

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Clipps for the chip 14

  • Dev

    But this team isnt gonna be playing any D whatsoever. I guess DOc will help with fundamental stuff, but Im not scared of anybody on this team defense wise.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Always hilarious reading people talk about how “overrated” Doc is or how “overrated” Blake is. The best thing a player can do is put himself in the best position to win. Chris did that. Doc is a top 3 coach in the league, really no arguing needed about it. The Clippers have a talented squad. Only one team wins every season. Everyone is trying to be that team. There are 29 losers. If CP3 would have gone anywhere else, he would have taken a step back. Say what you want about Doc or Blake, Chris made the best decision.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    With D’Antoni as the coach of your Lakers, I wouldn’t talk about how overrated Doc Rivers is if I were you.

  • The Seed

    I agree, I didn’t want D’Antoni for coach, but Doc Rivers had 3 future Hall of Famers, what do you think any other coach would have done with them. Not look at Doc before those 3 guys career.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Look at that Celtics roster before KG and Allen got there. It was Paul Pierce, Al Jefferson (who finally stood out amongst that young group of guys they had), and nothing else really. Rondo was just one of the young puppies they had who hadn’t proven anything. He was playing behind Delonte West. Look at that Magic squad Doc had. T-Mac and a bunch of dudes. Darrell Armstrong and Mike Miller were the second best players. And before Tracy got there, it was Darrell Armstrong, Ron Mercer, Tariq Abdul-Wahad, Chris Gatling…these are the dudes Doc coached in Orlando. He got 41 wins out of that team.

    Great coaches need great players and vice versa. The dude who is maybe the greatest coach in the history of the NBA coached Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaq and Kobe Bryant. Popovich coached David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Red Auerbach coached Bill Russell and Bob Cousy. That’s how it works.

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  • Mike From Spain

    Yeah, a coach is like the driver and the team is like the car… you don’t hand the keys of a Ferrari to a novice driver.

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