Blake Griffin is one of the most dominant and athletic players in the NBA. He is adored by many fans because he is a high flyer and has thrown down countless breathtaking dunks over the years, but he is also a hard nosed player and one that will put in 100% each game. He may be a favorite with a large percentage of fans, but he is not a particular popular figure amongst other players in the league and particularly with other Big Men (and the Golden State Warriors).
Griffin has carved out a reputation as being a tough player and will be involved in a number of physical battles every single game. He will foul players hard and stare them down, but he will also be on the receiving end of hard fouls and plenty of pushing and shoving. He has a habit of getting under his opponent's skin as he is also criticized of flopping and playing dirty, and when you are a man of Griffin’s size and stature this is particularly bad and it has lost him a lot of respect among other Bigs in the league.
In addition to being a physical player but one that is guilty of flopping and annoying his opponent, many players do not like Griffin because he tries to dunk on other players and embarrass them at any given opportunity which shows a lack of respect. Griffin is a much improved player now, but for a few years he would do little but attempt to dunk on everyone and recklessly chase after the ball like a dog after a tennis ball, and this infuriated many other NBA players. He may be entertaining to fans, but Griffin is not a popular player on the court and many players have not shied away from showing this.
Here are 15 players that don’t like Blake Griffin.
15 Dominic McGuire
14 Klay Thompson
13 Kenneth Faried
12 David Lee
11 David West
10 Mario Chalmers
9 DeMarcus Cousins
8 Trevor Booker
7 P.J. Tucker
6 Matt Barnes
5 Jermaine O’Neal
4 T3. Draymond Green
Christmas Day is supposed to be a friendly and loving time, but not when Blake Griffin is involved. During the Xmas day game between the Clippers and Warriors, Griffin would make several enemies and would also be one of two players ejected from the game (more on this next). The first player to go would be Draymond Green, who appeared to elbow Griffin on the last possession of the 3rd quarter. The pair then squared up to each other and both were given technical fouls in addition to Green picking up a flagrant 2 (straight ejection).
3 T3. Andrew Bogut
2 Serge Ibaka
Oklahoma’s Serge Ibaka traded blows with Grifin in Game 4 of the Western Conference semi finals in 2014, and this was after a lot of physical play between the two throughout the series. As Griffin looked to attack the basket (like he so often does), he appeared to punch Ibaka in the groin as he did so. Kendrick Perkins then inadvertently pushed his teammate into Griffin, with Ibaka dealing his own shot below the belt to the Clippers forward.
1 Zach Randolph
If there is another player that can match Griffin’s physicality, then it is the Grizzlies' Zach Randolph. Unlike Griffin however, Randolph does not have a reputation as a dirty player or a flopper and instead is just known to be extremely physical on both ends of the floor and he clearly knows how to throw his weight around. He and Griffin have had dozens of heavyweight battles over the years, including a big scuffle in Game 4 of the 1st round in 2012, Randolph punching Griffin in Game 7 of the same series and another altercation on opening night of the 2012-13 season. These dust ups ensure that it is always a fascinating fixture anytime these two face off against one another, and you would not want to be caught up in the middle of one of their battles down low.
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