Blake Griffin Will Be Better Than LeBron James

10/29/09 in NBA   |   Beaze   |   271 respect

 
Just not at basketball.

I went to the Clippers home opener last night, despite the fact that the man I came to see was riding the pine thanks to a knee injury that was grossly overlooked by an incompetent medical staff, and yet I still seemed to get the Blake experience. 

While LeBron has all the tools to be the most popular player in the game, Blake has all the tools to become an ambassador for the game.

LeBron James does represent what basketball is all about - the fun, the drive, the showmanship, the skills - but he doesn't make himself easy to identify with.  He's the heir, with the air of his Airness.  He's an icon, an idol people worship. 

He's also a little more hood than some people care to admit.  The tattoos, the swagger, the entourage, I mean you love him, I love him, but you could never hang out with LeBron (though he's a sweet enough guy to pretend you could).

Blake seems to give off more of an identifiable vibe.  Like Tiger Woods and Barack Obama his mixed background has a lot to do with that fact of course, but congratulate his parents for creating the ultimate hybrid...no, I'm not talking about his race right now.

He has the fundamentals to please the white fans and the flash to please black fans.

He has the workmanship to impress the old fans and the passion to draw the young ones.

He's clean enough (no tattoos) to soothe the mothers and possesses the chiseled frame to lure their daughters.

He's humble enough to befriend the blue collar crowd, but determined enough to identify with the rich.

Where most nonactive players saddle up at the end of the bench dressed in the league required untucked button-down dress shirt with a chain hanging out and the cleanest pair of jeans they own, Blake sat in between his teammates and his coach in the smoothest, well tailored suit I have ever seen. 

There was nothing corny about that suit.  My man was sharp.  Young people look at that suit and know this is a bad man.  The older crowd, well, we know they appreciate it. 

Blake's hair is low, smooth and manicured.  And not in a metro way either.  He's a role model.  A true icon.

And this is just the home opener.  Blake didn't even play, but his presence was felt in that arena.  You could hear people talking in the stands, anticipating his return to the floor.  When that does happen I can only pray that his talent is as well crafted as his image.  Because if it is, we just may be looking at the new face of the NBA.  That's right, in a Clippers uniform.
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1/18/11   |   artispower18

 Blake Griffin is absolutely unstoppable right now. he's playing like a seasoned vet in his rookie season. Griffin is on FIRE!!! better start up the printing press...

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1/14/11   |   RaeveN

I love the first line... nyahaha... but with the rest... I totally agreee... :D

sports.raeven.inutilz.com << check out the weekly top 10 and blake tops it... whew...

11/5/09   |   marcus_nyce   |   27093 respect

joncool65 wrote:
I don't think white people are watching basketball for the pick and rolls.

LMAO!!!

11/5/09   |   joncool65   |   7 respect

I don't think white people are watching basketball for the pick and rolls.

10/30/09   |   Beaze   |   271 respect

JCAL9 wrote:
So the mixed race reference.. What does that have to do with how he presents himself? That was my question.. No clue what race has to do with it, thought it was just how he was raised & taught.. Didn't know race came into play when it came to how a person carries themselves @ work.

race has nothing to do with how he carries himself, but a lot to do with how he will be precieved.  That is why I used the Tiger and Obama examples.  They are men with major talent who caucasian americans can feel is somewhat "like them" and it adds marketability (needed to be an ambassador as Obama is finding out, only with his black side).  Tiger Woods, Obama, Alicia Keys, Halle Berry, Vin Diesel, etc... all have experienced "greater" success because of their cross over appeal, compared to say...VJ Singh, Colin Powell, India Arie, Angela Bassett and Michael Jai White.

10/30/09   |   lleedubb   |   32 respect

I like Blake too but...... DAMN!!!.......CALM  DOWN BRO!!.....(I gotta get you....)    Beeeeazey  aaand   Bla-ake sittin" in a tree......K-I-S-S-I-N-G....

10/30/09   |   JCAL9   |   59 respect

elevenbravo138again wrote:
In the NBA race is everything in the late 80's I heard a member of one NBA franchise joke to another that "Soon the NBA will stand for Nothing But Africans" and the other responded, You mean Nothing But Animals.  This was off the record, but 1 of those men is still in the league and has been promoted several times.  Maybe it was just a joke, but at the least it shows a cluelessness about  what makes the league.   

So the mixed race reference.. What does that have to do with how he presents himself? That was my question.. No clue what race has to do with it, thought it was just how he was raised & taught.. Didn't know race came into play when it came to how a person carries themselves @ work.

10/30/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

(Edited by elevenbravo138again)

In the NBA race is everything in the late 80's I heard a member of one NBA franchise joke to another that "Soon the NBA will stand for Nothing But Africans" and the other responded, You mean Nothing But Animals.  This was off the record, but 1 of those men is still in the league and has been promoted several times.  Maybe it was just a joke, but at the least it shows a cluelessness about  what makes the league.   

10/30/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

johnshirey54 wrote:
He may seem like a stand-up guy now, but professional sports can change good kids into thugs, or vise versa. I'm hoping he doesn't become just another L.A jerk, he has incredible potential. 

but professional sports can change good kids into thugs, or vise versa-actually great success, like great adversity does not change, build or destroy character, however it does reveal character.

10/30/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

Beaze wrote:
 I just never seen a player, let alone a rookie look so damn sharp and professional out there when he didn't "have to."  He was all business last night and stayed involved with his team even though he was injured.

Again, no disrespect to LeBron or Kobe, I love both those guys and believe they are GREAT for the game.  But Blake will do a better job of drawing in new fans...and maybe even draw the old ones back.

Though I must agree that some aspects you noted are perhaps a bit too facile as, Jason Small 1977 noted, still you show real rhetorical talent, please keep [posting.

10/30/09   |   johnshirey54   |   162 respect

He may seem like a stand-up guy now, but professional sports can change good kids into thugs, or vise versa. I'm hoping he doesn't become just another L.A jerk, he has incredible potential. 

10/30/09   |   yznomyt4_678

Jubanator14 wrote:
After watching him at OU for two years, you couldn't be more right. He was great on the court and in/around campus those two years.

He does seem to have that "it" about him... now if only we can get LeBron to sign with the Clippers next summer (Clippers have enough cap space to do it plus are a much better roster than NY or NJ).

so who do you like best though... lebron, kobe or blake?

10/30/09   |   celticfc411   |   51 respect

Umm...he needs to play a little bit before he becomes the "ambassador" of the game. I know we tend to put politicians without experience into office, but not so much with our athletes

10/30/09   |   aos035   |   68 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Really an excellent post Beaze. I do think Griffin will be good for the game, and he does seem like a very good guy.

But seriously, great post.

An imsaniely great article. Lebron James also smocked pot when he was a teen and didn't go to college, even though Blake Griffin went to the worst college in the world.

10/29/09   |   coyotedances   |   23784 respect

amen brother!

10/29/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

Thanks for having a unique thought, Beaze.  I don't know much about Blake Griffin, but after reading this, I want to find out more.  My favorite piece of this was your argument that Blake might be able to connect with different groups of fans in the same moment.   

10/29/09   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

Beaze wrote:
 I just never seen a player, let alone a rookie look so damn sharp and professional out there when he didn't "have to."  He was all business last night and stayed involved with his team even though he was injured.

Again, no disrespect to LeBron or Kobe, I love both those guys and believe they are GREAT for the game.  But Blake will do a better job of drawing in new fans...and maybe even draw the old ones back.

I really hope so because I want to see the Clippers get back to the playoffs.  I like Blake's game and his demeanor is very professional.  B-Diddy knows how to find guys like Griffin in the post. If he gets healthy soon, I see the Clippers winning 45 games and picking up that # 8 seed! Nice posting!! 

10/29/09   |   jackso6331

Can we really dish out on somebody who will not play for a while? It is unfair to Lebron and him. He is a good player but the jury is still out. There has been many a NBA bust in the draft so let us examine his play on the floor before we crown him.

10/29/09   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Beaze wrote:
 I just never seen a player, let alone a rookie look so damn sharp and professional out there when he didn't "have to."  He was all business last night and stayed involved with his team even though he was injured.

Again, no disrespect to LeBron or Kobe, I love both those guys and believe they are GREAT for the game.  But Blake will do a better job of drawing in new fans...and maybe even draw the old ones back.

After watching him at OU for two years, you couldn't be more right. He was great on the court and in/around campus those two years.

He does seem to have that "it" about him... now if only we can get LeBron to sign with the Clippers next summer (Clippers have enough cap space to do it plus are a much better roster than NY or NJ).

10/29/09   |   JCAL9   |   59 respect

Cool post.. Not sure what the race thing had to do with it, but cool post..

10/29/09   |   anthonystu98

 Blake Griffin better then Lebron Jame? Thats the stupidest thing i have heard

10/29/09   |   Beaze   |   271 respect

 I just never seen a player, let alone a rookie look so damn sharp and professional out there when he didn't "have to."  He was all business last night and stayed involved with his team even though he was injured.

Again, no disrespect to LeBron or Kobe, I love both those guys and believe they are GREAT for the game.  But Blake will do a better job of drawing in new fans...and maybe even draw the old ones back.

10/29/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

I've seen Blake in his days in Oklahoma U. This kid can score, excellent rebounder, and a team leader at times. Will he be better than LeBron? Not yet, but he's getting there. I'm impressed with this kid. Good post!

10/29/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Very nice post, and I agree with the topic of image as to why Blake can become a star more easily, even if the skill & game part take a little more time.  As a bi-racial guy, Blake has the ability to appeal to a wider audience of NBA fans, but as you mentioned, the appeal and ability to relate to common fans goes a lot further with Blake.  He does seem driven, ambitious, well-mannered, and intelligent, all factors that give him that "it" factor. 

As a very talented baller, Blake has a ceiling that is limitless, and in a large media market that isn't as blood-hungry as some East coast outlets, Blake will have the time to grow both as a player, and as a person, without the hindrance that the media provides.  Interesting topic, and again, nice post.

10/29/09   |   guylake   |   321 respect

He's clean enough (no tattoos) to soothe the mothers and possesses the chiseled frame to lure their daughters.


Great Line!

10/29/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Really an excellent post Beaze. I do think Griffin will be good for the game, and he does seem like a very good guy.

But seriously, great post.