Mychal Thompson Believes Blake Griffin Acquisition Makes It Tougher for Lakers to Beat Nets

Published 03/08/2021, 11:30 PM CST
Jan 28, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) holds onto the ball while defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the fourth quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets became arguably the strongest team in the team after trading for James Harden. They feared the Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving wouldn’t have been enough to beat the Los Angeles Lakers. So they capitalized on Harden’s situation to add another MVP. They have now made another huge addition to the team after signing Blake Griffin.

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The six-time All-Star was on the Pistons who gave him a buyout so he could join any team. There were a few other teams interested in signing him, but the Nets were the favorites from the start. His friendship with DeAndre Jordan along with the possibility of getting his first ring would have attracted Griffin.

While he may not be the same player he was a few years ago, on his day, he is still dangerous. Former Lakers champion Mychal Thompson recently tweeted about this and wasn’t too happy being a Lakers fan.

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Will adding Blake Griffin help the Nets topple the Lakers?

After the Nets added Harden, they became the best offensive team in the league. But at the same time, for the first couple of weeks, they also became the worst defensive team in the league. The loss of Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, and Taurean Prince hit them on defense. But gradually they have become a better team on the defensive end as well.

Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) talks with forward Kevin Durant (7) during a free throw attempt by the Nets against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

That trade cost them their depth in the big man department. That is why they have brought in Griffin who, like Thompson mentions in the comments, can be a physical presence in the paint.

The biggest concern for the Nets will be if he still has some athleticism left, which was the best attribute in his prime. From being the best dunker in the league some years back, Griffin has now gone over a year since he has dunked. There are many rumors he didn’t play to his full ability with the Pistons because he wanted to leave. So it will be interesting to see how he plays with the Nets.

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) takes a shot during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

With a trio of Durant, Harden, and Irving combined with Griffin, the Nets will be expected to beat the Lakers. But they will also have the most pressure there has been on a ‘super team’ which is tough to deal with.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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