Robin Lopez’ “Flagrant Two” (It wasn’t even close to being anything more than a hard foul, sorry guys) on Blake Griffin has created quite the stir around the Clippers locker room and around the NBA. Charles Barkley said the Clippers needed to do a better job of protecting Griffin from hard fouls and Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan and Reggie Evans also provided their two cents on “Flagrantgate”
DeAndre Jordan had this to say:
“If Blake gets fouled, I can’t go punch someone in the nose,” Jordan said. “We can’t do that but throughout the course of a game, other fouls happen to other players on the opposite team and if they happen to be hard fouls, they happen to be hard fouls. We’re going to protect our teammates; it doesn’t matter who it is.”
This is the expected response, you foul our star, we foul you. Fair enough as that is the time honored tradition we have come to expect from the NBA.
However former Raptor and Raptors Rapture’s favorite player Reggie Evans provided a very Reggie Evans take to all of this foolishness.
“Blake is 6-10 and what, 240 or something? He’s a big boy. He should know how to defend himself out there,” Evans said.
It would be different, Evans said, if opponents were picking on smaller Clippers such as Chris Paul, Mo Williams or Eric Bledsoe. If that was the case, Evans and the other Clippers big men would gladly step up in defense.
“But you’re talking about a big man helping out another big man, you know what I’m saying,” Evans said. “You’ve got to be able to defend yourself.”
Evans said he would not have let it get to this point, if he was on the wrong end of the physical play.
“If I’m in that position people are not going to be doing me like that, you know what I’m saying?” he said. “I ain’t gonna depend on no NBA to take care of it.
“My high school coach, he told me a way to get a person up off you. There is a way to get someone up off you. You can’t ask another big man to do it.”
Plain and simple. You are a big boy, do it yourself. Gotta love Reggie Evans.