A TRUE DYNAMIC DUO
By Colin Liotta (@the_sports_hero)
The Justice League: a band of superheroes whose members include the likes of Aquaman, Green Lantern, the Flash and Wonder Woman. While those heroes may not be the most popular or mainstream, they are led by two of the toughest in the superhero universe: Batman and Superman.
By now, you are probably aware of the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie that is currently filming in Detroit. The movie is going to put Batman and Superman together on the big screen for the first time ever, showing the trials and tribulations of their relationship and how the two end up working in unison to defeat Lex Luthor.
What makes Batman and Superman such a unique team is that they are polar opposites in terms of their skill set, yet when fighting alongside one another they are one of the most potent dynamic duos around. They are two all-star players fighting for the same team. And, when it comes to the NBA, the Clippers are one of the rare teams to have a dynamic duo just as potent as Batman and Superman.
Now, most NBA fans would be happy to have just one superstar player who is complemented by a strong supporting cast. It is rare to get a team like the Clippers who have two franchise stars. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have different styles of play, yet they complement each other in much the same way Batman complements Superman.
Griffin is a physical specimen, the NBA equivalent of the Man of Steel. Superman has been said to be more powerful than a locomotive, and Griffin has shown time and again that he has the ability to speed down the lane like a runaway freight train, knocking people out of his way with ease. Griffin plays his game with a relentless ferocity, often relying on his physical strength to power his way to the rim. It is an effective style of play, one that has made Griffin one of the most dominant power forwards in the league the past several years. But there were times last season when his reliance on sheer brawn became his kryptonite. Griffin finished sixth last season in personal fouls committed, and was tied for first in technical fouls with 16. In the Clippers’ Game 1 loss against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, Griffin fouled out of the game, and his absence was felt. So, when the team’s Superman becomes mortal, the Clippers turn to their Dark Knight, Chris Paul, to lead the way.
What makes Batman a truly unique hero is that he is the embodiment of determination and willpower. He has no superpowers, but is more driven than any other hero out there. He is flesh and bone, a mortal among gods, but his focus for greatness sets him apart. Every team needs that leader who shows the same fierce determination on a nightly basis. It doesn’t matter if Batman is chasing a homicidal clown through the sewers of Gotham, or going toe-to-toe with the last son of Krypton. His focus is unwavering, and it commands respect.
When Chris Paul steps onto the floor each night, you see a man possessed. Paul, by all accounts, is not the fastest or strongest player in the league. Like Batman, he has no superpowers that enable him to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but his ingenuity and ability to decipher defensive schemes and direct offensive attacks puts him in a class all by himself. It is no surprise then that Paul led the league last year in both assists and steals. In fact, Paul was the only point guard in the league to average double-digit assists (10.7).
Paul is the Ying to Griffin’s Yang. They complement each other like Batman and Superman. The weakness of one is the strength of the other. Both Griffin and Superman are the powerful anchors of their respective squads, while Paul and Batman are the brains and lifeblood of their team. While their styles of play may differentiate them, their common goal is one and the same: greatness.
Colin J. Liotta is the co-founder of the website The Sports Hero along with his wife, Bushra, and acts as the Editor-in-Chief. The website combines sports and comics into one place for fans of both genres. See more of Colin's work at www.thesportshero.com