Blake looks normal enough finally getting to sit on the sidelines of a Clipper game. He stands up an cheers his team mates and even gave a high five to assistant equipment manager and friend Matias Testi. Let's hope that the incident that happened between the two of them doesn't leave long lasting damage to Blake's psyche. Here are a few things that Blake could be agonizing over right now.
Friends occasionally have disputes, and sometimes it leads to fisticuffs. But Blake went out of his way to go after a guy who is half his size. Generally speaking, fans don't like "Bullies" hitting little guys, or girls. I am not saying Blake is a bully. He certainly doesn't have that reputation. But this incident makes him look that way to some NBA fans around the country. He can survive the economic loss of a 4 game suspension, but the advertisers that pay him money and give him endorsement money, certainly will look unkindly to any repeat of this behavior. It could cost him millions. That becomes a very expensive punch. Even guys who make the kind of money that Blake does, don't like to see big money fly out the door unnecessarily. And they value their reputation more.
With many sports writers blogging recently that the Clippers should trade Blake Griffin, while others are saying that the Clippers are better off without him, should give Blake a lot of discomfort. Especially while he sits on the sidelines and watch the team play statistically better in every imaginable way without him. You have to wonder if Blake worries about coming back into the lineup and screwing things up. What happens if the Clippers start losing more? Sports writers can be very cruel. It will be a constant topic on ESPN. Then, another early exit from the playoffs? If things don't go well, look for a sign and trade this summer with Oklahoma. Enter Kevin Durant. Well, maybe.
If you could look deep inside Blake's brain, are all of these things fermenting inside there? He is still a young guy with a big spot light on him. Coach is saying all of the right things in the press and giving him as much support as he can. And you can see why. He could be questioning his own value, his contribution, his self worth. One thing we can't afford is for Blake to lose confidence.
As for me, I think by the time that Blake Griffin gets back on to the floor he will be a force greater than he has ever been. He will come out like "Bull in a China Closet." A one man wrecking crew. Let's just hope that Bull doesn't question himself the first time there appears to be a little adversity. And there certainly will be some. The writers will assault him, the opposing fans will boo him unmercifully, and the opposing players will continue to foul him on just about every play just like they have always done. The flagrant fouls will be there as well, just asking for Blake to respond in kind. The refs will be more than ready bust him up if he does.
All of this is coming right at Blake right now. Doc and Ballmer has his back, and his team mates will surround and protect him. The only other thing he has is us. Clipper fans are now more important than ever. Go Clippers!