Chauncey Billups appeared on ESPN this morning to talk about the NBA Finals, his future in the NBA, and his Clippers teammate Blake Griffin.
When the conversation of Griffin came up, Billups didn’t hold his tongue. He stated that Griffin is extremely talented, and even though he doesn’t think Griffin is soft, he is “too nice on the court.”
“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.”
Billups said “there’s nobody that works harder” than Griffin, but that Blake Griffin would benefit if the Clippers were able to add “a veteran down low to help him … to push him along a little faster.”