Los Angeles Clippers guard Chauncey Billups was named NBA Teammate of the Year over the weekend, but it didn’t take long for him speak out on one of his teammates and indirectly question his toughness. Billups was speaking to the media about star forward Blake Griffin when he stated the power forward is “too nice” and “too soft of a guy inside”. Well, I guess as Teammate of the Year you can say what you want.
Here is what Billups said, via ESPN:
“I don’t agree that Blake Griffin is soft. But what I will say about Blake is that he’s maybe too nice of a guy,” Billups said. “Because there’s been times in games where people take shots at Blake. And I tell him if that’s me, you’re going to have to take this two- or three-game suspension, and I’m going to punish somebody.
“That’s just how I’m built. Blake is not really built like that. He’s … too soft of a guy inside for him to be like, ‘All right, I’m just going to hurt somebody.’ He just won’t do it. I wish he would, and I think that people would look at him a lot different if he did that. But he’s just not that kind of person.”
I wouldn’t exactly call Billups the toughest guy, but he does have the right to say what he wants about his teammate. Billups is a veteran guy that has been around the sport for long time and he knows what it takes to get his teammates motivated.
Each player has individual ways that they learn the best and perhaps Billups knows this is the best way to give Griffin his wake up call.