Clippers Twitter Making Sure You Didn't Forget That Blake Griffin Broke His Hand On A Trainer's Face
Jesus Christ Clippers, you couldn't even give it 12 full hours? Couldn't let everybody sleep on the fact that the trade deadline passed before you reminded us that Blake Griffin and his punching bag are both still employed by the same team? The Clippers DESTROYED the San Antonio Spurs last night, but because of a tone deaf social media department the biggest story of the day is going to revolve around two guys that had nothing to do with the game. The Clippers finally manage to get a win against an upper echelon opponent, and we aren't even talking about Chris Paul's unbelievable performance or DeAndre Jordan's dominance on the glass. We are talking about a contrived, manipulated picture that made a gesture of good will between two friends seem disingenuous. It's almost like they are trying to keep any positivity surrounding the state of their team out of the news.
"Yeah, we beat one of the best teams in the league by 20, BUT remember when our star power forward broke his hand punching a team employee?!?"
I suppose that's one way to keep the pressure off themselves. Just keep telling the world how dysfunctional of an organization you are, and hopefully they won't even notice that the product on the floor has been nothing short of spectacular as of late.
As for the handshake? As much as a decision to take a snap shot of it and post in on social media makes it look like a bad public relations stunt, I think there is some sincerity to it. You have to remember that above all these guys were close friends. That's pretty much exactly how I expected the scene to look when they "made up", or at the very least agreed to move past it. Everyone else trying to act like it's not a big deal, but at the same time giving the side-eye and paying close attention. The friend that was wronged reluctantly sticking out his hand to ease the contentiousness of the situation. The biggest problem with this exchange is that it took place courtside so it comes off as forced and overdone, but if these guys were as friendly as we were made to believe then they are probably a lot closer to buying each other beers than we think...even when the cameras are off.