Steve Nash and Blake Griffin were rivals in the early 2010s when they played for rival team Los Angeles. It turns out that they may still be rivals to each other last season as players and head coach.
Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News appeared recently on “The Athletic NBA Show.” In the episode, Winfield points out that there were some issues between Nash and Griffin on the Nets last year.
“There’s something about Blake Griffin that Steve Nash doesn’t like. I just said that,” Winfield said. “[Or] probably [more] like, didn’t feel worthy of the minutes on the basketball court… You’ve got Blake Griffin who basically just wasted most of the second half of the season because he couldn’t hit a shot.
“He did everything else pretty well,” Winfield continued about Griffin. “We’re talking about hustle, grabbing rebounds, making the right passes, he’s done those things well. But for Steve, it happened, he couldn’t hit an open shot, and that was its responsibility. “
The six-time All-Star Griffin had the worst season of his career statistically with the Nets last year. He averaged 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and couldn’t actually throw it into the Atlantic from the deep, scoring 26.2% in 3 seconds. By the latter part of the season, Griffin was completely removed from the rotation and began to express his frustration on social media.