Trevor Booker speaks softly, but it's clear he has a disdain for Blake Griffin. It's so intense that 23 seconds into the tipoff of Saturday's game at Verizon Center, Booker was hit with a technical foul.
The reason: He got tangled with Griffin after Jared Dudley sank a 20-foot jumper to open the scoring.
"I knew coming in I'd probably get one," Booker said of the technical in the Wizards' 113-97 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. "It's always a physical game with me and Blake. We just can't seem to get along."
The power forwards could be seen mixing it up in transition. Booker, who had 12 points on 6-for-11 shooting and seven rebounds, picked up five fouls in just 27 minutes. Griffin finished with 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting and nine rebounds.
Booker is a blue-collar player who only is starting because of an foot injury to Nene. Griffin is a perennial All-Star with national Foot Locker and Kia commercials. Booker has always believed that deep down, Griffin is soft and a serial flop artist.
"He pushed me, I pushed him back. I got the tech," Booker said. "That's how it goes. Superstar never gets that tech."