Is Nets’ Blake Griffin Being Hypocritical With His Latest Comments on LeBron James and the Lakers?

Published 08/13/2021, 10:49 AM EDT
Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) controls the ball during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


Over the years, quite a few NBA teams have blown their fans’ minds. The sheer quality that a single side can possess is sometimes beyond imagination. Ahead of the upcoming edition of the NBA, LeBron James and the Lakers continue to baffle the basketball fraternity with their star power.  However, talented players don’t always translate into on-court results. Last season, the Brooklyn Nets were overloaded with talent, but they failed to convert it into something meaningful.

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How strong were the Brooklyn Nets on paper?

Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving headlined the Nets attack last year. As if that didn’t sound devastating enough, the men in black also had Rockets legend James Harden on their team, as well as veteran Blake Griffin. This made the side one of the most deadly, and everyone feared them.

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However, as the season progressed, fatigue and injuries wore the Nets down completely. Owing to some unfortunate circumstances, the team crashed out to the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games.

May 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) and Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) and Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) react during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Griffin did not have the best of outings with the Nets in 2020. In the course of the season, the 32-year-old managed only 11 points on average. In spite of this, the team made it to the Conference Semifinal. As a senior forward, Griffin will be hoping for better numbers ahead of the new campaign. But what did the former Clippers icon think about the idea of ‘super teams’?

Griffin admits that overpowered teams don’t always succeed

Even though the Nets seemed like the strongest squad on paper, pressure got the better of them last time around. With the new season fast approaching, Griffin has already laid down that he has ‘unfinished business’ with Brooklyn. However, he admitted that teams that look devastating on paper, are not always successful.

Was the statement a message to the sides he has been a part of?

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As reported by Kristian Winfield, Griffin spoke about the strong teams this year. He was addressing teams such as the Lakers and Heat in particular. “You look at it but at the end of the day, things on paper, it’s tough to say. I have been in situations where a team stacks up and it doesn’t work out.”

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Was the experienced player indirectly referring to his stint with the Nets? Well, we might never know. But with so many teams stacking up threatening trios ahead of the new season, we are in for a roller-coaster ride!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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