Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin thinks the Los Angeles Lakers look good on paper after their off-season acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, but he found out firsthand last season that paper champions in the off-season don't always equate to actual champions during the season.
“On paper it looks great,” Griffin told the Daily Oklahoman during a recent visit to Norman. “People said the same thing when we got C.P., Chris Paul. But they still got to go out there and play.”
Griffin also thinks the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, who met in the Western Conference Finals last season, will have a lot say about which team comes out of the West this season.
"I think there’s a lot of tough teams in the Western Conference. There’s one right here (in Oklahoma City) that the Lakers have to get over," Griffin said. "The Spurs have been a good team for the past 500 years. And I think we’re preparing for that. So that’s kind of what you expect people to do. You expect them to hand out the trophy in the middle of the summer. So we’re not worried about that. We’re not worried about just the Lakers."
Griffin made similar comments to ESPNLosAngeles.com last month about the new-look Lakers.
"It's huge for L.A. basketball. It's great for the Lakers and great for the NBA in general to have all those players on the same team," Griffin said. "It's going to be fun to play against them and I'm looking forward to playing against them. It's going to bring a lot of excitement but they still have to play just like everybody else."