What do these two have in common?
If you guessed "both are point guards in the NBA," well, you'd be right. I'm not talking about that comparison in this case, however. What I am pointing out is that these two have "mixed it up" with the NBA's golden boy, Blake Griffin.
People have been bending over backward to praise Griffin's humility and self-control when dealing with the cheap shots he has been receiving. I've noticed something different, however.
You see, Blake has a tendency to take little nudges during the game.
A shove here, a grab there.
One need look no further than the incident with Andre Miller.
On two trips Griffin shoved Miller. After a failed appeal to a referee, Miller decided to take matters into his own hands and tackle Griffin on the ensuing possession.
Griffin seems to get on a lot of people's bad sides these days. The formula is always the same:
1. Constantly take cheap or unnecessary shots on guys.
2. When said players react, walk away and play the "bigger man" card.
There is something to be said about his recent run-in with Lamar Odom as well. With the game in hand, Griffin shoved Odom in the back on a free-throw attempt.
These are not the actions of a "humble" player. No, these are the actions of a narcissist.
The need to constantly make highlight plays and fight for every rebound may be seen by some as tireless hustling, but I can guarantee it is seen as showboating by opposing players.
In that respect it is no surprise that players have it out for him. Add this to his constant baiting and you have someone who instigates things and then walks away.
It didn't shock me to find that one of his favorite players was Denver's Kenyon Martin.
At least Martin has the guts to confront the fact that he instigates conflicts.
He's too big of a coward to finish what he starts.