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David Lee to Blake Griffin: Stop flopping! (Video)

Blake Griffin takes his share of abuse each game, but he also has a reputation for acting and overselling contact. Perhaps it’s his defense mechanism against the pounding he takes. During Saturday’s Clippers-Warriors game, Golden State forward David Lee decided he’d had enough.

As you can see in the video above, Lee yelled at Griffin to “stop flopping” during the fourth quarter of the game. Lee had pushed Griffin out of the key, and then gave him a forearm shove to the back, so he certainly seemed to initiate the contact, and it really didn’t seem like Griffin was acting on the play.

The Warriors won the game 114-110, so if you subscribe to the “ball don’t lie” notion, then you know who the real culprit was. This also isn’t the first time he’s been warned about flopping.

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Zach Randolph takes down Blake Griffin on dirty play (Video)

The beef between Zach Randolph and Blake Griffin that was evident during the playoffs last season carried over into the 2012-2013 season.

Randolph and Griffin tussled several times while going for rebounds during the season-opening game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. In the play seen above, Randolph just took down Griffin during the fourth quarter and then tried to make it seem like he was innocent. As you can see in the video, he was the perpetrator and just about tackled the Clippers forward.

The two tangled on the previous play and received double-technical fouls, setting the stage for that takedown from Z-bo. As bad as the play seen above was, it might not even be the dirtiest act Randolph has committed with Griffin.

Take a look at these two plays from their playoff series last season. This was from Game 4 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series last season:

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Blake Griffin interrogates DirecTV, Viacom over channel dispute

DirecTV and Viacom are in the middle of a dispute that has kept Viacom channels from appearing in the DirecTV lineup for eight days and counting. The dispute has been a hassle for anyone who enjoys watching shows on Comedy Central, MTV, Nick, or any of the other Viacom channels. That even means Blake Griffin, who has extra time on his couch now that he’s rehabbing a knee injury.

The Clippers all-star decided to investigate the matter on Wednesday:

DirecTV showed some excellent customer relations and responded to Griffin:

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Blake Griffin’s dunks at Team USA basketball practice were sick (Video)

This just in: Blake Griffin is a ridiculous dunker. From throwing down on Kendrick Perkins to teabagging Timofey Mozgov, the Clippers All-Star has shown us several times over how powerful of a dunker he is. Team USA basketball practice was no different for the young stud. In the video above, Griffin throws down a sick dunk off a bounce off the wall. Below, watch Griffin pull off the “Eastbay” dunk:

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Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin share cover of NBA 2K13 (Photo)

NBA All-Stars Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, and Blake Griffin share the cover of NBA 2K13, which is the latest edition in the video game’s popular series that is due out in October.

The three are considered part of the “new dynasty,” and were chosen because they “represent the NBA well,” according to 2K Sports’ VP of Marketing.

Darren Rovell also points out that the cover choice continues the streak of LeBron James never appearing on the cover of a video game. If there was any time for LeBron to appear on the cover of a game, you would figure it would be after he just won his first title.

Good choices by 2K Sports. Unless knee injuries become problems for Griffin and Rose, the three should be mainstays in the league for the next 10 years.

Blake Griffin not concerned with being called a flopper

Blake Griffin has been called a flopper this year, but he says the new reputation doesn’t bother him. In April, DeMarcus Cousins called Griffin an actor. Last week during the playoffs, Chris Webber warned Griffin about flopping too much. Griffin responded to the allegations during an interview on Monday.

“It’s never really something that I’ve had a problem with, but all of the sudden now it’s kind of come up,” Griffin said on The Dan Patrick Show. “So I’m just going to keep playing the way I’ve been taught and playing the game and it’ll all go away I think. It’s just kind of a phase or a bandwagon that some people want to jump on.”

Asked if flopping was an individual or league-wide concern, Griffin said no.

“It’s not really a concern. I guess it depends on the individual but it’s not really a concern for me. Especially in the playoffs, guys are doing everything they can to get an extra possession or to get a stop, whatever it is. I’m not sure what David Stern feels, but it’s not a concern to me, really.”

Griffin also believes there’s a difference between acting too much.

“Oh yeah, there’s a fine line between completely overselling it and knowing how to draw a foul or this or that. I haven’t seen a lot of plays where guys have completely gone over the line. I honestly can’t think of that many times.”

There’s a huge difference between drawing a foul when you’re on defense and completely flopping, and Griffin has fallen under the latter category frequently. I just hope David Stern will address the issue next season like he indicated over the weekend. The last thing the NBA needs is more flopping.

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Chris Webber warns Blake Griffin to stop flopping so much (Video)

Blake Griffin may be one of the most physical and ferocious players in the NBA, but he’s developing a reputation for being a flopper. Chris Webber played with known flopper Vlade Divac on the Sacramento Kings, and he understands that’s not a reputation a player wants. That’s why he warned Griffin about flopping so much after the All-Star forward acted to get a call in his favor during the third quarter of Game 4 between the Clippers and Grizzlies on Monday night.

“I would caution him to be careful of flopping. I played in the playoffs with teams that were known for floppers, and you do not get respect,” Webber said on TNT. “Flopping is not a plus in this game. … Coaches and GMs watch tape and send it in to the league. You do not want to be known as a flopper. You lose respect.

“I definitely would caution him on the over-exaggeration of embellishing getting hit out here on the court,” Webber said.

Webber actually put that all politely for Griffin. Blake probably thinks he has an excuse because he has been legitimately fouled hard this season and complained about it. Though Webber is trying to help, it may be too late. Griffin was called out by another player last month for acting too much, so his reputation may be sealed. Additionally, Charles Barkley also called out Griffin for flopping.

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