>Friday Lunch: Why Blake Griffin Does Not Deserve ROY…And More

Posted: December 17, 2010 in Uncategorized
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By Brent MacDonald
The winter season has come at last, and SportsCenter hasn’t been this entertaining all year. NFL playoffs are just around the corner, the BCS college series is about to begin, NBA basketball is in full swing, and college hoops are almost halfway through the season. No longer do golf highlights or repetitive baseball plays take up the spots on the nightly Top 10 plays.
Instead, the high-flying acrobatics and human-like monstrosity of Blake Griffin can be seen after every Clippers game, and most nights throughout the week. Many would say that Griffin is the scariest player in the NBA. Others would say his talents are enough to garner the Rookie of the Year award.
I would have to agree, if in fact Blake was a rookie. But he’s not, and here’s why:

A ‘rookie’ is a player who is undergoing their first year in the NBA. Blake has been around an NBA team for more than a year; he’s gained coaching, training and the experience of being in the NBA for an entire season. Though he was out with an injury last year, Griffin was still traveling with the team, while players like john Wall and Demarcus Cousins were playing for an NCAA championship.
Blake is above and beyond any other rookie from this year’s class. This is because he is not a part of this year’s rookie class, but is in fact a sophomore in the league.
Some might argue that because he didn’t play last season, he is on the same level as those who were drafted this year. But while Wesley Johnson and Landry Fields were picking out the flyest suit for the draft this past summer, Blake was flying through the air during pre-season practice at the staples center.
Thus, there’s no way Blake should be considered for ROY. He should however be in the conversation of First-to-Kill-Themselves-On-a-Dunk award. The way he plays with no fear is surely enough to get him injured on one of his terrifying jams from three feet above the rim.
With football nearing the end of a highly entertaining season thanks to Brett Favre’s unlimited texting plan and Michael Vick’s re-emergence as a dominant force (among other events), basketball is beginning to grab more attention throughout the sports world. Here’s a few things to look for as the snow continues to fall:
Are we on our way to seeing a Celtics-Spurs finals?
The Celtics are looking better than ever, and the 12 game win streak isn’t the only reason. With the ever-unathletic-looking Paul Pierce sinking game winning shots like he did Wednesday night against the Knicks, Boston’s big 3 is dominating the eastern conference. Miami has pulled together a healthy double digit win streak of its own, but the experience of Pierce, Garnett and Ray Allen is undeniable. Wins over the Heat (twice) and the Bulls (twice) have proven this squad to be best in the East so far.
The San Antonio Spurs may be the most boring team in the league, but as of now, it’s also the best. Duncan, Ginobli and the rest of the Popovich crew have pushed their record to 21-3 as of Thursday, and show no signs of slowing down. The best record in the league is supported by not only a ridiculously strong chemistry within the team, but also by a structured relationship with their coach. While questions in Miami regarding coach Spoelstra’s relationship with LeBron and DWade continue to affect the streaky Heat, San Antonio keeps its focus entirely on reuniting with the Larry O’brien trophy.
MVP Watch:
Dirk Nowitzki, and not only because he is keeping my fantasy team alive. Dirk is hitting more than half his shots from the field (56% fg thus far), and is fourth in the league in points per game (25). Dallas’ 12 game win streak has been overlooked in favor of the L.A. Kobes, but Dirk is keeping his Mavs on track to go far this postseason.
Amare Stoudemire! Coming back to life! His 26 points and 9 rebounds per game have revitalized a depressing Knicks team, who’s record stands at 16-10. His buzzer-beater game winning shot against the Celtics on Wednesday was a heartbreak, but also a huge accomplishment. Amare continues to prove his worth to a team that’s rising in the eastern conference, much to the delight of Spike Lee and the rest of a suddenly revived New York crowd.
Next time: Why Duke is sick, and it makes me sick. NCAA hoops and a very early March Madness prediction. 
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Comments
  1. Ravi says:

    >Brent, Blake Griffin played like two or three preseason games last year. He broke his leg. He wasn't practicing. He sat on the sideline in street clothes for every single game. What was he going to do? Learn through osmosis? By that logic I should be really really good too because I have NBA tv and sit on my ass and watch basketball all day. Most players come back from a freak injury like Griffin's psyched out and mentally unable to compete. If anything, Griffin had a disadvantage heading into this season because John Wall and DeMarcus both had that "I may be a rookie but I've been awesome all my life and nobody's touched me yet so I can and will kick your ass" mentality. Griffin had the spotlight on him all his life, just like the other ROY candidates. And he had it stripped away, unlike the other ROY candidates. That shit fucks you up. No advantage to being on the sideline for an entire year before playing one rookie game. Did I mention he hadn't played a single NBA game? If he had, I would have to agree with your semantics. But he hadn't. Anyway you look at it, he's still the guy that'll win. That deserves to win. Lawyered. Ravi

  2. Brent says:

    >A well thought argument, yet I stand by my words. Blake has been a part of the league for two years. Last year he may not have stepped foot on the court during a league game, but he was a part of an NBA team. Yes, he was learning just by watching. Being around the company that he kept last year with vets like Baron Davis is enough for any schmuck off the street to learn even more about the game, especially an already-pro Blake Griffin. I was out for the past five months with a broken ankle, unable to play. But just through watching NBA and college games on TV and in person i felt like i was learning, admittedly not at the same rate that i would be if i were able to play. My experience has been the smallest fraction of Blake Griffin's. I've played basketball my entire life and i can confidently say that just by being around specific people and having the opportunities that Blake had last year (traveling with the team…watching the Clippers play…being on the bench…communicating with all of the Clippers' coaching staff) separates him from this year's rookie class, and should forfeit his opportunity to receive the ROY. Nexus4Lyfe,Brent

  3. >ur an idiot…he never played in a regular season nba game until this year.. therefore making him a rookie… get the sticc out ur ass… john wall aint gettin it

  4. Brent says:

    >Maybe you should actually read the article before you post another comment that I already beat down.

  5. zphendrickx says:

    >Your argument is irrelevent, because by NBA rules he is still a rookie. And unless he gets seriously injured he will win rookie of the year by a landslide. Your article should be titled "Why the NBA should change their standards on what constitutes being a rookie." Otherwise, it was a rather pointless piece.

  6. Upgrades says:

    >I'd have to agree with zphendrickx..I don't believe that sitting on your ass for a year and then going into a season with the possibility of damaging your leg again in the back of your mind is any kind of advantage for Blake Griffin. John Wall and the others all got a full year of practice while B. Griffin sat on his couch all day. I don't see any way that not playing due to injury is an advantage over kids playing at the highest levels of college bball. The NBA rules say he's a rookie and that is that. If you've never played in an NBA game, you are a rookie plain and simple.

  7. Brent says:

    >Rules are rules, and by NBA standards Blake Griffin deserves to win ROY. But I believe the rules surrounding the award are faulty, and that's what I'm trying to explain. All responses are appreciated

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