Is Los Angeles Clippers big man Blake Griffin too soft?
Former teammate Chauncey Billups certainly implied that on Monday while discussing his recently received Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.
Billups was asked about Griffin being "soft" during the interview, and although he didn't explicitly come out and say it, his comments can definitely be construed as he did.
"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."
Perhaps saying someone is "too nice of a guy inside" is a subtle way of proclaiming that the guy is just soft? Maybe and maybe not. The comments are a bit ironic, though, considering Billups just received an award for being the "best teammate" in the NBA.
Billups did give Griffin some credit where credit was due during the interview when saying that "nobody works harder" than Griffin. So, it would be logical to believe that Billups had no cruel intent with his "soft" comments, but those words are likely to stir up the pot somewhat, anyways.
The 36-year-old Billups is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and has said that he hopes to play a couple of more seasons in the league.
Via Eye on Basketball