Dunking Doofus: Blake Griffin Comes To The Defense Of LeBron James

Los Angeles Clippers rookie phenom Blake Griffin might be setting the NBA on fire right now with his above-the-rim, high-flying antics, but he might have a thing or two to learn about dropping the ball, metaphorically speaking.

With the Miami Heat in town Wednesday night to take on the Clippers, Griffin was invariably asked about the LeBron James Saga. Instead of going the safe route and interjecting some canned quotes about “Not worrying about what’s going on with other teams” or “Everyone is entitled to live their lives the way they want,” Griffin instead expounded on the topic, even coming to King James’ defense, which is about the worst thing a person can do right about now, given the unbelievable frequency in which James creates public relations nightmares.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

“I think I said it’s crazy that somebody, people can be so upset over where a human being decides where he wants to play basketball,” Griffin said. “I thought it was crazy.”

That was the verbal version of a few warm-up shots from Griffin.

Later, it was noted that James had been in Cleveland for seven years before leaving for Miami, bringing forth an interesting analogy from Griffin.

“It’s like somebody giving you money and taking care of you, giving you a home and then after seven years, ‘You’re like OK, you’re on your own now.’ And you being like, ‘What? You’re going to leave me?’

“They should be thankful for having him for seven years. And they shouldn’t look at it like from a standpoint of … a standpoint of betrayal.

Ugh. Perhaps we should simply chalk this one up to an epic timing fail on the part of Griffin. How was he supposed to know James would come out last night and take a potshot at the Cavaliers and how they were manhandled by the Lakers Tuesday night by tweeting that “Karma’s a bitch”. Even with his ability to rise high over his NBA counterparts and throw down vicious dunks, even Griffin couldn’t have predicted the the lay of the land today from those dizzying heights.

Blake Griffin backs up LeBron James’ decision to leave Cleveland [Los Angeles Times]

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20 Comments

  1. ragg

    January 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Tell it like it is Blake. James was a FA, the Cavs paid him for the service he was providing to them. They made more money of James than he made from the Cavs. I can understand people in Cleveland been mad about the way he went about it, but the rest of the country hating the man because he chose winning, did you guys see the game last night? There is no way that he was gonna win with those scrubs. Dan Gilbert should be getting some for robbing the people of Cleveland, and not putting a quality product on the court. It is also about time players tell exactly how they feel.

    • big john

      January 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      everyone stop talking about lebron this lebron that geez.he left clevland so what,he took less money to go to miami.granted the way he left was dis tasteful.no class at all.every basketball player dreams of getting that championship ring.he was with clevland 7 years,on a good team but not a championship team,that team should be a 500 team now and look at them blame the owner for not seeking out the help to push the team over the top.im am the biggest laker fan there is,i dont blame lebron good luck.but you have to get past boston and i dont see you doing it this year.im looking forward to a laker and boston battle for #1 franchise with the most championship banners over all we are all tied.its going to be some battle.pride is on the line for fans and players.cant wait

  2. Epoc

    January 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Is this Griff planting a seed for when he joins the Lakers in 2014? Sounds like it.

  3. Nasty

    January 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    seriously ppl, its not that he left cleveland, he’s entitled to that….its HOW he left!!! why cant ppl understand this. stop talking about lebron

    • Alex

      January 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      The way people are hating him more than Kobe was hated when he committed RAPE is ridiculous. I have nothing against Lebron or Bosh going to Miami because if i carried a team for 7 years and got no where with them id start to get annoyed and leave. People are just mad that the Lakers stand no chance now and need a reason to take a shot at the best team in the league

      • big john

        January 20, 2011 at 3:32 pm

        please laker fans are not the ones talking about lebron,like kobe told him after a bad game were the champs.and i dont see miami getting past boston.so dont bring the lakers into the lebron wanna be champ saopopera.dwayne wade is the only one with a title and aloud to trash talk,hell miami has lost 5 in a row some champs,the road goes through boston and miami aint going to make it maybe next year during bostons rebuild.

  4. Nasty

    January 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    seriously ppl, its not that he left cleveland, he’s entitled to that….its HOW he left!!! why cant ppl understand this.

    • Alex

      January 13, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      Plus why are they all ok with Ilgauskas then? hes on Miami too now. So its ok for other players to leave but Lebron has to stay? I have no respect for Cleveland or its fans and I laughed during the Lakers game. Now imma have to start watching Griffin too.

  5. octobersixty3

    January 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Yes the Cavaliers are pitiful this season. A big part of that is LeBron leaving. However please note that about half their roster is out with injury and they’re signing d league players just to fill a 12 man roster.
    No one in Cleveland begrudges LeBron for leaving. He earned that right.
    However, it was a total class-less move to dis the franchise and fans that treated him like royalty for 7 years on national tv. Also he stated SEVERAL times that he would never leave til he brought a title to Cleveland. He lied. PERIOD That is why Cleveland is pissed

    • Alex

      January 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      The way Cleveland was going not even Jordan could have brought a title to Cleveland. How long should he have spent there? all his career and end up not winning anything? I believe the best player in the games deserves a ring so dont cry about his “lie”. People make stupid promises everyday to try and hype people up and get them going….obviously it didnt help his team. And if you want to talk classless think of Cleveland fans who had signs talking about his father leaving him. Trust me lots of people lost their respect for Cleveland and its fans after seeing what they have done

  6. Shannon

    January 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Why would people hate a person who has the ability to make his own decision. what if he would of went to New Jersey, or philly, or a team that is not play off compatible would people still hate him. It was his decision and he made a good one. No one said anything about Boston stacking thier team in 2008 when they beat the Lakers. Ray Allen superstar for Seattle, KG super star for the timberwolves so WHY are inconsidered no thankful Cleveland can’t win a leers oh I mean cavaliers complaining for. Just keep it moving and try to beat a high school team

  7. David Appleton

    January 12, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    First off, no one should care what athletes say or think. Mostly they are idiots. Reporting on this crap is pointless. Secondly, because I already read dease karp, heah me know. LeBron is an idiot. He is far richer and far better at the game of basketball than me. but he seriously is a little infant running around in his diapers. sports are so dumb we should return to the times when athletes were killed.

    • Alex

      January 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm

      How bout politicians namely Obama or Bush? Not much better. And sports are a huge part of todays society so get used to them or leave. You just put down something people make their whole life of and if athletes are so dumb why am i getting an academic scholorship for 4 years? And playing basketball. Get a life if you obviously suck at sports

  8. David Appleton

    January 12, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Lebron is a 6’7” child. his tattoos are dumb. i would really like to stop hearing about him. i should move to mt washington. espn has ruined sports. Lebron is a horrible person and he will know that once he dies and is burning in hell because jesus does not like pride nor ignorance. btw im half joking but lebron sux

    • Alex

      January 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      Thats the stupidest thing ive heard. Seriously? Tell me one thing that hes done to make him such a bad person. Pride is a good thing in doses because no one wants to follow someone who doesnt even believe in themselves. Plus arrogance? He has been completely respectful of the superstars hes come into play with and is obviousy good friends with Wade and Bosh. You are seriously stupid and need to learn about what your talking about

  9. pretty_boy

    January 13, 2011 at 2:34 am

    lebron is a coward. even IF he won a championship in Miami. he will never have my respect. the KID gave up a team that was a top seed in the NBA for 2 consecutive years. they even reached the finals in 2007. everyone’s saying that he had no help. hell you’ve got the best record. that means you are the best. its just that lebron either sux in playoffs or he gave up.
    well he have the right to leave Cleveland. but what everyone is pissed about was that he left in such a horrible passion.

    • HoneyBee

      January 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

      He is not a coward. Cleveland is just stupid for not having the sense to build an empire around LeBron instead of pouring thier heart into one man and hoping for the best.

    • Alex

      January 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      He has the highest EFF rating of any player in the playoffs and in the season, Kobe is at 9. Look i have nothing against Lebron and Bosh for wanting to play with good friends of theirs. Looking like the Best in the NBA right now based off their last 22 games. Plus straight killed Kobe on Christmas day. And Kobe has had major help with all his rings. First three were mostly Shaq, with Fisher also in there and Horry and Fox. Now he has Fisher, Gasol, Artest, Bynum, Brown, and Odom. All were in his 2008 roster plus they had Trevor Ariza then. Gasol is counted with more win shares than Kobe too which is correct seeing as how when Kobe starts to take over the Lakers do worse as even his coach says. This season so far Odom is also counted for more win shares than Kobe. Whereas Lebron had who on the Cavs? Big Z? Drew Gooden? I admit hes had Williams who is decent and Varajao the last two years but looking at how they play now they obviously dont do much. Hes counted for 10 more win shares then the next member of his team. Even Jordan had Pippen, Rodman, and Kukoc for his last 3peat, and Pippen, Grant, and Armstrong for his first. You cant do it all alone though King James tried. I will say that I doubt Kobe could have gone as far with the Cavs as Lebron did. And with his attitude he would have left alot sooner.

  10. Cris Basilio

    January 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I agree with Griffin, those basketball fans with the exception of the Cavaliers have no reason to get mad at Lebron. Playing with so many different teams is the most normal thing in the NBA. The fans who are really upset with Lebron including the media are simply Laker fans masquerading as objective thinkers but the truth is deathly fear has enveloped their entire being with the Heat after the lakers’ crown.

  11. Tia Vang

    January 19, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    For 7 years LeBron wasn’t surrounded by enough talent to bring home a championship for Cleveland. He did what any NBA players would’ve doned..get on a team that would give him the best chance of winning a title. I don’t think LeBron’s career would be complete without an NBA Championship.

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