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Blake Griffin’s response to DeMarcus Cousins calling him an actor: “You have to consider the source.”

Apr 8, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT


There’s a weird sort of rivalry brewing between the Kings and the Clippers, that, on the surface, doesn’t seem to make much sense. While L.A. has two current All-Stars and is likely to be a top-four seed when the playoffs begin in a few short weeks, Sacramento is a perennial lottery team with a couple of decent assets, but not much else.

When you look at the way Blake Griffin and DeMarcus Cousins each play the game with a chip on their shoulder, things begin to come into focus.

Griffin and Cousins went at it last Thursday, and the moody Sacramento big man didn’t like the way Griffin was treated by the officials. In his eyes, Blake received the benefit of the doubt far too often, so Cousins called him an “actor,” who “is in L.A. where actors belong.”

“It hurts. It hurts so bad,” Griffin did not say, and never would say under any circumstances.

Not a terribly creative jab from Cousins, and not a terribly offensive one, either. At least not to Griffin, who actually did respond Saturday night after his Clippers beat the Kings for the second time this week.

“Well, I first heard about it from my acting coach. He sent me an e-mail and obviously he was thrilled. It was a complement. I guess he’s seen some commercials and stuff, so I appreciate it. Nah, I don’t care. I’m not into going back and forth and name calling players through the media and all that, just let it go.”

Griffin was then asked if his reaction to Cousins speaks to who he is as a player:

“I mean this in the nicest possible way. You have to consider the source. If this is somebody that’s really has been in the league a long time, and really knows the ins and outs of the game, and has a great reputation for carrying himself the right way, then it’s something I would kind of look at and be like I really rubbed this guy the wrong way, but someone like that you just keep going.”

Cousins was fined by the league for his comments about the way the officials treat Griffin after Thursday’s game, so wisely, he didn’t want to go down that road again on Saturday.

“I’m in enough trouble as it is. … It’s not a (personal) rivalry,” he told reporters afterward. “We’re just playing ball. They’re a playoff team and we’re not, so it’s not much of a rivalry.”

Neither Cousins nor Griffin play a style of basketball that is endearing to anyone but fans of their respective teams. Griffin’s act is a little more widely-accepted due to playing in the large market alongside Chris Paul, and of course for the sensational (if sometimes illegal) way he’s able to dunk over his opponents.

Cousins, meanwhile, has emerged as one of the better rebounders in the game in his young career, and you can see a time in the not too distant future when his overall game takes him to an All-Star level, as well. But his brooding on-court personality is something only his teammates could love, so expect the majority of fans to side with Griffin in this silly back-and-forth that hopefully, mercifully, and thankfully appears to be over.

  1. cakemixa - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Take away his dunks and what does Griffin do? Miss free throws and play no defense?

    • abchome - Apr 8, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      Just curious. How does 2.8 dunk per game yield 20 points? Does style points count now?

  2. cjispro - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Very insightful comment there “farve”.

  3. slumdog66 - Apr 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Cakemixa, you must be a lakers fan because all you do is bash Blake. Go wine somewhere else

    • eaglesandravens - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      You don’t have to be a lakers fan to know that is true….

  4. mat9844 - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds a game. He’s doing more than dunking.

  5. cdins - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Averaging a double double takes more than dunking

  6. jimeejohnson - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Celtics would love to get this guy. So would the Knicks.

    • therealhtj - Apr 8, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Wait about 8 years, after he’s made his first monster contract and becomes unrestricted, he’ll be on the move. Too bad his hops will be gone by then.

  7. africanballer - Apr 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    I love this dude’s every highlight, but come on your knees don’t last forever so I would want him to work with olajuwon in the offseason, and yea a solid and i mean SOLID postgame while making free-throws will put him in a class of his own

  8. innerarrogance - Apr 8, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    besides BIG BABY Davis, Demarcus BIG BABY Cousins Jr. shouldn’t have anything to say…

  9. diablito0402 - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    I follow nba closely, who the heck is this Cousins guy, well not too many kings players are known..

    • sasquash20 - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      what do you live in a cave? Cousins is going to be a beast.

  10. jimsjam33 - Apr 9, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Pollakoff ,

    Your comments are on par with the brilliant Demarcus Cousins ; however , you won’t get fined for your childish observations . You are the pseudo high brow basketball expert who gets to downplay super human accomplishments that Blake Griffin performs nightly . He is a winner that doesn’t have the tattoo’s , snarls , low life friends , and comtemptable image that you ” Star ” fish wrap reporters like to focus on .
    I bet when Isiah Thomas called Larry Bird ” just another good player in the NBA ” you were high fiving . Blake Griffin may very well just be the best power forward in the history of the NBA when the time for defining accountability is measured . Until then please keep your slimy bunkshooting remarks about Griffin and the Clippers on hold . The whole country is Blake Griffin crazy with interest . The Clippers have sold out 29 straight home games and are the number one visiting attraction in the NBA . Think about it ? You say he’s only endearing to the home team ? Every NBA venue has more Blake Griffin jerseys in the stands than the home team . American pro basketball fans know talent and they love to hate other teams super stars . Add Griffin to that list and suck it up Pollakoff ! Try to get it right next time . I don’t like ” poison the well ” journalism that ignores accomplishments !

    • mytthor - Apr 9, 2012 at 2:14 AM

      “Superhuman?” Let’s relax a bit – the guy dunks a basketball. He’s not the first and won’t be the last. He is the most exciting in the game today, but let’s not go too crazy.

      He’s a winner? By what criteria? What has he won?

      He may be the best PF in NBA history when it’s all said and done? Yes, I suppose that’s true, but so could Cousins. But realistically, it won’t be either of them.

    • hollywood26 - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:18 AM

      i seem to remember a guy named Stromille Swift that played for the clippers who was on sportscenter each night. Griffin is talented athletically but if you check the stats as adjusted per 36 minutes cousins actually leads in all categories. But don’t let facts get in the way

  11. telergy - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    Wow.. Some ignorant posts in this thread. Griffin is a known flopper since he’s been in the league. Look it up or watch him play. This guy falls down on the slightest contact.

    As far as how good he is… He lacks post skills and gets by in large part on athleticism.

  12. 1historian - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    I’ll leave the comments on the rest of Griffin’s game to those more qualified, but I would say this – He humiliates people when he dunks on them and he is KNOWN for that, and one of these days – ….

    Cousins – if he grows up he might be good

  13. dexterismyhero - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    I say give them both the Wonderlic test………

  14. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    I have seen Blake Griffin’s commercials….he is no actor.

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