The NBA season ended nearly two months ago, so it’s been a while since basketball fans have heard from Charles Barkley. But rest assured, Sir Charles has something to say about Kyrie Irving’s trade request.
During an interview on NBA TV, Barkley described Irving’s desire to be the man as stupid. Irving reportedly told Cavs owner Dan Gilbert he wants to be the focal point of a team and no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James. That confused Barkley, to say the least.
So, what’s the problem here? Should players avoid the gravy train and find their own way to a title without joining super teams? Or are players silly not to consider joining star-studded rosters?
Griffin’s extensive injury history including offseason foot surgery that might force him to miss the start of training camp this fall didn’t stop the Clippers from doing what they had to do and committing to their All-Star power forward. That commitment, in turn, made Griffin’s decision to stay really easy.
In the end, I realized this was a no-brainer for me, Griffin told reporters, per the Los Angeles Daily News. This was the best place for me.
The money is great, but there are other reasons Griffin should like his situation. The biggest: He’s poised to reach his apex on the court in his new role as LA’s point-forward. The role suits him; he’s one of the best-passing big men in the NBA and he still has freakish athletic ability at 28.
With Griffin taking over a lot of the ballhandling from Paul, the Clippers will gain something important, coach and team president Doc Rivers told reporters.
Some might view that as a shot at Paul, but it wasn’t. Rivers was simply being honest. Paul needed the ball in his hands.
Now it will be Griffin distributing to DeAndre Jordan, Paul’s replacement Patrick Beverley, and everyone else who will be playing alongside him.