If Benjamin Franklin were alive today he’d say, “The only things certain in life are death, taxes, and a Blake Griffin blog posting every morning."
Blake Griffin has joined Matt, Meredith, Ann, and Al in my morning lineup, and I expect a daily 360 alley-oop highlight, along with my morning news and weather report.
But unlike the news and weather, I really don’t care to see Griffin highlights—at least not every day.
Griffin can dunk. There’s no denying that.
Griffin is exciting. There’s no denying that.
But Griffin is also irrelevant.
And there’s no denying that.
Griffin plays for the lowly Clippers. The same Clippers team that fell out of the playoff race in early November. Whether Griffin has a 360 dunk, breaks three backboards, or posterizes LeBron James is meaningless when the Clippers lose seven out of 10 games.
Just as I don’t need to be flooded with Stevie Johnson Buffalo Bills highlights every week, I don’t need to be flooded with Griffin highlights every morning.
Don’t get me wrong. I think Griffin is wonderful for the NBA. He reminds me of Dominique Wilkins or a young Shawn Kemp, two of the most ferocious dunkers I have ever seen.
But with the amount of coverage Griffin gets, you’d think the Clippers were chasing down the Lakers or that Griffin had a legitimate shot at the MVP. Unlike Wilkins and the late-'80s Hawks or Kemp and the mid-'90s Sonics, Griffin’s dunks do not impact the NBA quite like they impact his YouTube views. At least not yet.
In an unofficial review of postings from my favorite blogs this month (Bleacher Report, Ball Don’t Lie, Off the Dribble, Basketball Jones, True Hoop, etc.), Griffin trails only LeBron James for most devoted postings. Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant combined are nowhere near Griffin, and the trios from Boston (Pierce, Allen, Garnett) and San Antonio (Parker, Duncan, Ginobili) are almost completely ignored despite playing for two of the best teams in the NBA.
Simply put, Griffin does not deserve this type of coverage because his team is not winning.
And if the blogosphere must post on power forwards from bad teams, why not spread some love to Kevin Love? As you probably know, Love is on pace for the first 20-point/15-rebound season since Moses Malone did it in 1982-83. This is something that Kevin Garnett, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing and Tim Duncan have never done.
While Love's game is not as exciting as Griffin's, taking away a couple of posts from Griffin and giving them to Love would be more useful/fair (and entertaining) to most readers.
I get that Griffin is exciting and good for an NBA that recently lost three stars to the villain role due to LeBron’s "Decision." I just don’t need every post to be a constant reminder that Griffin can dunk. Let me discover that for myself with some amazing Griffin highlights that happen in May or June.