Shocking News! Lebron James Uses Blake Griffin Trade As Platform to Make Excuses For Players Lack of Loyalty
I don't know about you friend, but I when I found out that the Los Angeles Clippers traded Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons I was completely stunned. Blake Griffin is The Los Angeles Clippers. He's the face of the franchise. I'm not talking currently, like of all time. He's the player that turned the Clippers from perennial laughing stock to perennial Western Conference Semi-Finalists. Despite never making it to the Conference Finals the Blake Griffin-Chris Paul years are without question the most successful years in the franchise's history. Before they showed up the Clippers had made the playoffs just three times since they relocated to California from Buffalo, NY in 1978-1979. Griffin and/or Paul (depending on who was injured at the time) led the Clippers to the playoffs every year from the 2011-2012 to 2016-2017 seasons.
Griffin had a chance to leave this off season, but instead signed a massive deal (173 million over 5 years) to stay in Los Angeles. Once that happened, even though the contract did not have a no trade clause it appeared Blake was going to be a Clipper for life. I say that because the Los Angeles Clippers while trying to convince him to re-up literally told him he was going to be a Los Angeles Clipper for life.
Now just a few months later he's a Detroit Piston.
Blake expressed his state of disbelieve like we all do, by using gifs on twitter.
To me this isn't really about Blake Griffin, it's about Lebron James' reaction.
While technically Lebron didn't bring up the topic out of thin air as he was asked about Griffin's trade by a reporter since the Cavs are playing the Pistons tonight. It wouldn't shock me for one second to find out Lebron had this question planted just so he could go off on a tangent trying to make excuses for his lack of loyalty before he dips out on the Cavs (again).
"When a player gets traded, it's they was doing what's best for the franchise," he said. "But when a player decides to leave, it's, 'He's not loyal. He's a snake. He's not committed.' It's just, that's the narrative of how it goes. So I'm definitely (aware). I know that firsthand." - Lebron James
It's hard to be pissed off at this fuck boy with "I'll Be Around" playing in the background but LeBron sure makes it easier when he's wearing a beanie on the very top of his head in a climate controlled arena like a total ass hole.
Lebron is leaving again, and is just saying stuff like this to soften the blow when he does.
No shit you know of it [free agents being told they're not loyal] first hand, Lebron because you're literally the poster child of a lack of loyalty! The poster should be you and Benedict Arnold playing one on one a burning map of the United States. This all started long before you left Cleveland for Miami after times got tough and the Celtics bounced you in the 2nd round.
You had had enough and left. That's fine, part of me gets it, I mean it's Miami over Cleveland and Dan Gilbert sucks, but I mean given the definition of loyal, you sir were not when you left for Miami so fans have every right in the world to be upset with you.
Let's also not forget that growing up in the 90's in Akron, OHIO Lebron James was a Yankees, Cowboys and Bulls fan. Aka the three most successful franchises of that time period. The holy triumvirate of bandwagon fandom. The lack of loyalty to his roots was apparent from the start. He's basically Ricky Bobby's wife leaving him for Cal Naughton Jr as soon he loses his racing career. Just follows the hot hand. Now as times are getting tougher in Cleveland as the Celtics are looking to shift the balance of power in the East it appears Lebron is on his way out yet again, with remarks like this only to soften the blow. It really is amazing how history repeats itself.
I'll give Mr. James credit here though, he is right in the sense of that when players get traded people will say it's "what's best for the franchise" or that "it's a business", you know shit like that... because it's true. It is a business and teams aren't loyal, they'll turn their back on players who might've done things like play days after their sister died. So players have every right to do the same when they have the chance to get paid in free agency, but you can't have it both ways. The difference is choice. Blake Griffin didn't have a choice, they just moved his ass. So that's why people don't talk about loyalty in these situations. It's really not the same thing at all.
Shit like this is why I hate Lebron. Of course he's a world class talent and probably the best basketball player of all time but he's also at times a complete idiot with no sense of awareness at all. (Also a cry baby but we won't go down that path today!) Fans have every right to be pissed when the hometown "savior" leaves when times get tough, you turned your back on your home and city. Sure you came back and won a title (thanks to Kyrie) but let's just call a spade a spade one time. It's all business, everybody is a scumbag looking out for themselves, yourself included. That's why you left Miami to return to Cleveland when it felt the Heat's window had closed. Everybody is looking out for number one, plain and simple. It's just when people have television specials to announce their leaving their home in ruins they usually will also have their loyalty questioned at the very least. Dudes who get traded against their will will not, that's just how things go.