I often experience a number of different emotions when I’m watching a game. I can be bored, anxious, elated, depressed, pissed- depends on what’s going on in the game. Very few players can literally have me at the edge of my seat biting my nails in anticipation of their next move the entire game. VERY few.
Neo Blake Griffin is one of those few.
There’s something about his game that is simply indescribable. Last night when they beat the Knicks 116-108 at MSG, he didn’t even have a highlight worthy game- yet I still feel like he’s one of the top 3 most exciting players to watch in the game today. I’ll let you pick the other two.
He’s a rookie and already getting the Kobe treatment by everyone on the floor. The entire arena needs to know where he is at all times- the refs, his teammates, the opposing team, score keeper, hot dog dude- everyone. It’s so obvious to me that some (NOT ALL) of his opponents are either scared or underestimate him by bringing knives to a gun fight and don’t realize it until it’s too late. THEN, they get scared.
This kid’s aura is comparable to that of an international rock star. Not just a regular rocker either, I’m talking MJ status.
Yea, I said it.
I mean, I understand that Neo is not to be left wide open and he has to have a body on him at all times but literally EVERYONE keeps tabs on him. I’m convinced that if Blake decided to break out in a dance at mid-court during the game, everyone else would join in just to keep up with him.
When the Knicks were down 4 with about 2:00 to go in the 4th, Toney Douglas (who was guarding Foye at the top of the key) left his man to double team Blake on the wing. So, Blake did the only that made sense- he passed the ball back to Foye (who, by the way was killing the Knicks the whole game) at the top of the key, and he drained a 3 to put the Knicks out of their misery.
That play alone put things into perspective for me as far as Blake is concerned. Toney decided to leave his man (who was hitting shots all game) to go double team a relatively silent Blake on the wing. Not under the baja where he does his best work, but waaaaaay out on the wing where everyone loves to point out he can’t shoot from (looking at you, Pau). Keep in mind that Blake didn’t even have a stellar performance! He finished with 21 and 6 but by his standards, his showing was sub par at best.
If that’s not R-E-S-P-E-C-T, I don’t know what is. Aretha should be proud.
All you five, six, seven- ten year veterans being schooled by a rookie, getting upset and then taking cheap shots at him…Blake told me to tell you that he eats those.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I just need to go on record and say that sadly, Kobe is on the decline but when he gracefully leaves the game, Neo will be my new favorite player AND the most exciting to watch.
Yea, I said it.