Chauncey Billups Says Blake Griffin Might Be 'Too Nice'

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2013

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Chauncey Billups was on ESPN's First Take on Monday morning. He talked everything Los Angeles Clippers, including an interesting criticism for Blake Griffin, claiming that he's "too nice."

Billups was responding to the notion that has been thrown around the media channels lately that Griffin is too soft, which may have led to the Clippers' ouster against the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs this year.

What it is, more than anything, is some constructive criticism from a longtime NBA veteran and a guy who knows Griffin personally. 

This comes just a day after Billups was awarded the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award, so it seems like the NBA players did a solid job on that one.

Award-winning teammate Chauncey Billups calls out teammate for being "too nice," NBA deserves what it gets. #headline

— Kelly Dwyer (@KDonhoops) June 10, 2013

Of course, just a few seconds later Billups came out and (seemingly accidentally) called Griffin soft himself:

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.

Billups went on to call the three-time All-Star a hard worker who might just need a veteran big man to teach him the ins and outs of the game and help him along a bit faster.

As far as Billups is concerned, his future is still uncertain, although he said on the program that he wants to play for a few more years.