Blake Griffin celebrates his 25th birthday today and hopefully the gift he receives is respect. Respect from fans and the media that don’t think he should be in the top 3 in MVP discussions. Respect from opponents who constantly try to push him around and have put him at the line more times than any other player this league.
“I told Blake during that altercation (against Suns) that it’s crazy being his teammate and seeing every night the different fouls and the different things that he takes,” Clippers guard Chris Paul told ESPN.com. “He sacrifices so much for us. He could have easily punched back and got to fighting, but he didn’t. I don’t know how he does it.”
He’s been doing it all year while putting up career numbers and still generating plenty of posters on opponents that will sooner or later give him the respect he deserves.
He already has our respect so we will pay our respects by showing his best highlights of his career so far.