Chauncey Billups Says Blake Griffin Is “Too Nice” And “Soft Inside”

Chauncey Billups Says Blake Griffin Is 'Too Nice' And 'Soft Inside'

6/10/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Dec 5, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers players Blake Griffin and Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups celebrate in the fourth quarter as Dallas Mavericks guard Dahntay Phillips (30) watches at the Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Mavericks 112-90. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY SportsLeave it to Stephen A. Smith to get a phenomenal soundbyte out of someone.

The ESPN First Take host elaborated on Skip Bayless’ question to Chauncey Billups about Blake Griffin being soft. As a result, the veteran NBA player was forced to say some stuff that will definitely be taken out of context by some people.

Here’s Chauncey’s answer:

"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, 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."

He elaborated further saying that he was thinking about the answer not from a teammate perspective but as a former opponent, and he reiterated that he never thought Blake was a soft player.

A soft person, but not a soft player, that’s a distinction he made several times.

It’s a great way to say it, because Blake doesn’t play soft, but he keeps his cool more than most people, including fans. He doesn’t get furious about things, which can be seen as soft.

It's a debate that has been going on for awhile, and there's reasons on both sides of the argument, but it's hard to fight the way Chauncey said it. Soft players aren't going for the dunks Blake is, and they don't drive to the basket like he does. 

But his personality is a different story.

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6/12/13   |   dmuck5150   |   7919 respect

I don't care much for the Clippers, but it sounds like Blake needs to put his Mad cap on once in awhile, don't take to much guff of the other players.