Every season there are NBA narratives that get beat into the ground. This season for the Detroit Pistons it has been the idea that Pistons’ fans are seething over Blake Griffin and his dunks.
Griffin was bought out and eventually signed with the Nets, a fact that not one Pistons’ fan was sad about, as he was washed in Detroit and the Pistons needed to move on.
Most of us were happy for Blake, I even wrote nice things about him even though his time with the Pistons was pretty much a disaster outside of one playoff run.
The Pistons were tanking anyway, so fans didn’t really care that Griffin stunk, we just wanted him gone so that the young guys would get more run. There were no hard feelings and I don’t think most sane fans blamed Griffin for how things turned out, as the Pistons should have never traded for him in the first place.
That isn’t his fault and he did give up his body for one season to drag a terrible team to the playoffs. This was a mutual break up and both sides left feeling good about how it worked out.
But you’d never know that from the national media and Twitter, who likes to paint Pistons’ fans as spurned lovers who can’t move on and hang on Griffin’s every shot.
Detroit Pistons’ fans don’t care about Blake Griffin’s dunks
The biggest and most annoying narrative is that Pistons’ fans are angry that Griffin has suddenly remembered how to dunk after not doing it once this season in Detroit. It’s gotten so bad on Twitter that I had to mute “Blake Griffin dunks.” Here is just a small sampling:
This goes on and on for infinity.
The one thing I see in common here is that people are telling Pistons’ fans how we feel but none of these people are actually fans.
Well, I am a fan of the Pistons and have been longer than most of you nave been alive and I can say with certainty that most of us haven’t thought or talked about Griffin since he left except for in terms of how his contract affects the salary cap.
I couldn’t care less how many times he has dunked for the Nets and don’t think every made shot is a conspiracy against Detroit.
Yes, there are fans making Blake Griffin jokes on Twitter, but I can assure you that none of us are crying over dunks and most actually wish Blake well. He is one of a crazy number of former Pistons still in the playoffs and most Pistons’ fans are far more interested in Derrick Rose than they are Blake Griffin.
Pistons’ fans are focused on our exciting trio of rookies, the upcoming NBA Draft and the future of the team. Blake Griffin and his layups are the past and fans are not hanging on his every dunk.