Found August 06, 2013 on StraitPinkie.com:
Chris Paul’s move to the Los Angeles Clippers instantly transformed their franchise from an annual underperformer to one of the NBA’s most exciting franchises. But as the Clippers have settled into a groove, re-signed their star point guard, and now look towards winning, there are concerns surrounding the team’s other pieces. Paul very much relies on Blake Griffin to round of the squad, and he recently expressed the thunderous big man’s importance to their collective success. “Blake is one of those guys, where his age has nothing to do with anything,” Paul revealed in a recent interview ESPNLosAngeles.com. “People may say he’s a young guy, but he’s been special in this league, he’s been an All-Star. His voice carries a lot of weight and I think our team will definitely go as Blake goes.” The Clippers will go as Blake goes? Uh oh. Blake Griffin might be the league’s most exciting player, but he’s not exactly going at a high clip these days. If the Clippers have to rely on Griffin to win, Paul and company might just be in trouble. And here are a few fun (and all too serious) reasons why. 8. Chris Paul refers to his talent in the past tense.  You’ll notice Paul said “he’s been special”, not that he is special. Even Paul can’t hide his doubts about Griffin’s recent performances 7. He spends more time making commercials than practicing his jump shot.    It’s hard to work out the kinks when you’re time traveling, jetpacking, or holding lame products and smiling. 6. Seriously, he only shot 34% from mid-range last year.  Blake is totally worthless if he isn’t above the rim. 5. There’s a good chance he’ll get decapitated by the rim.  It’s a very real potential outcome every time he elevates for a dunk. 4. Really though, he’s one bad fall away from a career-ending injury 10 times a game.  When your resident giant with a 40-inch vertical leap is always launching himself off the court, hard falls and collisions are inevitable. Griffin already broke his kneecap once and another severe injury is an unfortunate possibility. Clippers fans must feel a roller coaster ride of emotion every time he leaves the ground. 3. He’s way too expensive.  The Clippers are paying for Griffin’s star power instead of his win shares, and that means the $19 million a year they’re laying out for four more years is far too pricey and limits their options for the near future.   2. He’s a diva.  Passionate players are a blessing, but self-entitled whiners are a curse. Unfortunately for the Clippers, Blake falls on the whining side of that dichotomy instead of the winning one. 1. He’s getting worse every year.  In his rookie season he averaged 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game. His numbers dropped to 20.7 and 10.9 in his sophomore campaign. Last year he was all the way down to 18.0 and 8.3. By the time he’s 30, he’s on pace to average -43.3 points and -14 rebounds per game. Chris Paul is probably going to realize sooner rather than later that Blake Griffin is going down instead of up. But he’s 100% right, the Clippers go as Blake goes, and they’ll soon be retaking their rightful place at the bottom of the league.
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