Blake Griffin has completely fallen out of the Brooklyn Nets’ rotation.
In Thursday’s highly-anticipated showdown between the Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, Griffin was held out with a “DNP – Coach’s Decision.”
Understandably, the former All-Star doesn’t appear to be especially happy with his playing status at the moment.
This week, in an Instagram post by ex-Nets teammate Jevon Carter, Griffin made it no secret that he is unhappy with how team head coach Steve Nash is using him.
I guess Blake Griffin isn’t happy about not playing. pic.twitter.com/VoyNsEPTvv
— Jac Manuell (@JacManuell) March 9, 2022
At the end of the day, Griffin’s frustration is certainly understandable. Every NBA player wants to play in the games and make a difference.
That said – Griffin is seeing limited action because that is what his skill level warrants at this juncture. He is averaging 6.6 points per outing on 42 percent shooting from the field and 24.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Between Andre Drummond, Nic Claxton, James Johnson and LaMarcus Aldridge there just isn’t a ton of front court playing time available for Griffin at the moment.
Fan reaction to Griffin’s beef with Nash wasn’t particularly sympathetic.
Im sorry but Blake Griffin isn’t an nba player anymore. He’s beyond washed
— NetsFrequent (@NetsFrequent) March 10, 2022
He tried to dick ride KD when harden was traded talking all that shit bout “ guys who wanna be here” whole time they don’t even want him there
— JHarden1™️ (@jHardenjr1) March 10, 2022
He chose to go there in an attempt to ride someone else’s coattails to a ring. He has nobody to blame but himself. And he’s still getting paid. There is zero reason to feel bad for him.
— Cranky_messiah (@MessiahCranky) March 10, 2022
Griffin has really made the effort to be a valuable member of Brooklyn’s squad. Whether it was doing all the things as a player that he refused to do for the Detroit Pistons or talking smack to the Nets’ perceived foes – he very much tried to become a valuable role player.
Unfortunately, it simply hasn’t panned out for him. And clearly the frustration is starting to wear on him.
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 11, 2022
Will Griffin and Nash ultimately be able to come to some sort of understanding in the foreseeable future?
Time will tell.