Update, April 17, 7:26 p.m.:
Blake Griffin shied away from responding to Klay Thompson's comments on Thursday.
“This isn’t my thing,” Griffin told the LA Times. “I play basketball. I don’t want to get into a back-and-forth. I think we’re ready to play. Sounds like they are too. It’s going to be exciting.”
Original Text: Reports of Blake Griffin's epic flopping ability are nothing new, but it's always news when a fellow player takes note.
Klay Thompson of @warriors on 95.7, abt Blake Griffin: "You see him flop sometimes like how can a guy that big and strong flop that much?"— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) April 16, 2014
Here we go! Klay Thompson on @957thegame "[Blake] is a good guy off the cour, but he plays pretty physical and flops a little bit."— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) April 16, 2014
Yep, a little bit.
The fines haven't come Griffin's way this season, perhaps because he's watching himself these days. More than a little criticism has come his way over the last two seasons. In November 2012, Thompson's teammate, David Lee, could be seen telling Griffin to "stop flopping," according to CBS Sports' Royce Young.
The public criticism may serve as more of a warning than any fine ever could, especially as far as Griffin is concerned.
Lee and Thompson certainly aren't the only ones to notice Griffin's habit. Back in May 2012, TNT's Charles Barkley called him out on The Dan Patrick Show, via Sports Radio Interview's Brad Gagnon:
He made me so mad last night. I called him Vince Carter last night. Because Vince Carter was a great player — we used to joke he got shot like three times a game. I called him that on the show last night, I said ‘Blake Griffin has turned into a new Vince Carter.’ … He gets shot three or four times a game and just goes down. He better stop that flopping. He gotta stop that, because you can tell all these players are taking cheap shots because he’s getting to be annoying with all the flopping.
Thompson's comments come at a timely juncture with his Golden State Warriors likely set to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. All eyes will be on Griffin and his penchant for selling calls.
They'll also be watching for another upset. The sixth-seeded Warriors bested the third-seeded Denver Nuggets last season in six games.