“It's fun, man,” Griffin said. “This game is for the fans and to be able to do the things that they want to see. They don't really want to see me shooting jump shots, so it's cool to be able to get up and down and have fun with it.”
Asked if he has any fear of being boxed into a category of being solely a dunker, Griffin sarcastically replied, “Yeah, I'm terrified of that.”
“I don't care, man,” Griffin said after turning serious. “People are going to say whatever they're going to say. I just take the points as they come.”
A NICKNAME DURANT LIKES
In an appearance on “The BS Report with Bill Simmons,” Thunder forward Kevin Durant floated a nickname that he does like.
“You can call me ‘The Servant,'” Durant told Simmons. “I'm a servant. I just like to serve everybody. My teammates. Ushers at the game. Fans.”
Durant has denounced several suggestions for nicknames through the years, including but not limited to “Velvet Hoop,” “Kid Clutch,” “Iceberg Slim” and, most recently, “Slim Reaper.”
THAT WAS WEIRD
Following the All-Star Game, a reporter noted Durant tapping his fingers on the table atop the podium at the start of his postgame press conference and asked Durant if he had a background in piano or if New Orleans' musical culture had sunk in.
Durant didn't seem to mind the unusual query.
“I have no musical talents,” Durant said. “So I guess I just made myself look good with that. That's a great question, though. I always wanted to play the piano. So now that you said something, I might take up some lessons.”
KOBE THINKING 3-POINT CONTEST
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said over the weekend that he has interest in competing in next year's 3-point shootout.
“Yeah, I wouldn't mind being in one,” said Bryant, a career 33.5 percent 3-point shooter. “Marco (Belinelli) won with shooting five air balls. I might not win, but I won't shoot five air balls in the 3-point contests, I don't think. But we'll see.”