April 5, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins (left) and Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (right) rest between free throws during the fourth quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Clippers defeated the Kings 93-85. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Blake Griffin is a fine player, a worthy All-Star and someone I'd take on my team 11 out of 10 times. But DeMarcus Cousins has a point about the way Griffin is perceived, and I think we'd agree that Cousins has a unique perspective.
Babied by whom, Cousins was asked.
"The refs, the league -- period," he continued. "He gets away with [everything]. He taunts players. Nothing is done. He's babied."
The implication is that while Griffin is treated with kid gloves, a player with the reputation of Cousins is not. And that's absolutely correct ... to a point. I think perhaps the target of Boogie's fire is slightly misplaced. Griffin does have nine technical fouls on the season. (Cousins is No. 2 in the league with 12.) Griffin is No. 4 in the league in fouls per game. (Cousins is No. 1.) The league hasn't given Griffin carte blanche to be a jerk.
But much of the rest of the world has. You will never ever hear media question Griffin's overall status as a good kid, which is fair, because there has been little to suggest he is not a good kid. Now consider how Cousins is portrayed: as some kind of monster. They do the same things: complain too much, stare down opponents, flap their jaws. One maintains a golden halo, the other wears a demon's horns. That's not fair, and that's a point I think Boogie is trying to make. Griffin is babied not by the league or the refs or the media. Cousins is simply unfairly portrayed far too frequently. That's where the inequity lays.