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Clippers guard Chauncey Billups: Blake Griffin is too nice, not soft

Chauncey Billups was a guest on ESPN's First Take where he responded to criticism of Blake Griffin as being too soft, which Chauncey denied. But then again we know who has been propagating such rumor more than anyone we possibly know: Charles Barkley.

Doug Pensinger

Per ESPN's article:

"I don't agree that Blake Griffin is soft. But what I will say about Blake is that he's maybe too nice of a guy," Billups said. "Because there's been times in games where people take shots at Blake. And I tell him if that's me, you're going to have to take this two- or three-game suspension, and I'm going to punish somebody.

"That's just how I'm built. Blake is not really built like that. He's ... too soft of a guy inside for him to be like, 'All right, I'm just going to hurt somebody.' He just won't do it. I wish he would, and I think that people would look at him a lot different if he did that. But he's just not that kind of person."

Billups said "there's nobody that works harder" than Griffin, but the three-time All-Star would benefit if the Clippers were able to add "a veteran down low to help him ... to push him along a little faster."

Chauncey's comment also goes to what former Clipper forward Reggie Evans suggested Blake should do.

"Blake is 6-10 and what, 240 or something? He's a big boy. He should know how to defend himself out there," Evans told Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News. "... You're talking about a big man helping out another big man, you know what I'm saying? You've got to be able to defend yourself."