Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd critiques Blake Griffin, says his addition won’t make much difference to Brooklyn’s chances
Blake Griffin and the Detriot Pistons agreed to a contract buyout a few days ago. The buyout would mean Griffin forfeiting the remaining $13.3 million on his contract. However, it did mean he was a free agent.
Free agency did not last long for Griffin, as he signed as a veteran with the Nets. He would earn $5.9 million on a taxpayer mid-level exception. It would be a reunion of sorts for Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, both of whom played for the Clippers together.
There have been a lot of thoughts about Griffin joining forces with the Nets. Some call it unfair to the rest of the league, people like Shannon Sharpe claim the Nets added yet another piece to take down the defending champs.
“I’ve never considered him a great basketball player”: Colin Cowherd on Blake Griffin
The biggest thing to happen post in the last 12 hours in the NBA world is Blake Griffin signing with the Nets. Obviously, everyone would talk about the same. While some feel this would imbalance the league too much, Colin Cowherd feels it won’t make a lot of difference:
“He’s the classic example, Blake Griffin, to me. Great athlete… but I’ve considered him a great basketball player,” Cowherd said. “Chris Paul is a great basketball player. Not nearly as great an athlete.”
“And I think sometimes we fall in love with that. It’s a high-flying slam dunk. Blake Griffin was just a highlight reel. But what I like about Zion Williamson, I see nuance to his game. Now the Pelicans are letting him bring the ball up the floor and direct the offense.”
“Blake Griffin will help Brooklyn. He’s some more points. But he was one of those I really feel right about. I used to call him the NBA’s best pro beach volleyball players. He was good for dunks and that was about it.”
— The Volume (@TheVolumeSports) March 8, 2021
Due to all the injuries, Griffin hasn’t dunked since 2019 and has been working on his playmaking and distance shooting. Even if he cannot perform to his level, the Nets do get a great addition to their offense. Not having to be ‘the guy’ would certainly take the pressure off Griffin’s shoulders.