As we all know, in the realm of NBA basketball Blake Griffin vs. Kevin Love is the new Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James. You can only like one and you can only choose one, and since they’re both very young and very good, we can argue about who is better for a long, long time.

However, as we also all know, DeMarcus Cousins is threatening to be the angry guy who makes those comparisons ridiculous. (I guess that makes him 2010 Dwyane Wade but who is keeping score? (Probably nerds are keeping score. Silly nerds.)) He’s young, he’s good and he recently called Blake Griffin “an actor” after beefing with the Clippers star.

And while that might sound like an insult because it was meant to be, Blake Griffin is taking it a compliment since he’s been working at perfecting his craft. From ESPN:

“I first heard about it from my acting coach, he sent me an email,” Griffin joked after the game, responding to the comments for the first time. “He was obviously thrilled. It was a compliment. I guess he’s seen some commercials and stuff and I appreciate it.”

Now this, my friends, is why Blake Griffin is such a skilled improviser. He takes a negative situation and turns it positive with a simple “Yes and” technique that’s been passed down from generation to generation of performers. You have to support your partner’s premise and then build from there. Great work.

And hey, when you are Blake Griffin and you are apparently trying to have a second career starring in every third commercial during an NBA broadcast, it’s good to be noticed for your chops, even if it’s in a derogatory light. As they say, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. If people keep talking about Blake Griffin’s acting, some big shot director is going to notice and put him in a movie. Then he can say he finally made it in Los Angeles, which is more than most people can say.

All Blake Griffin needs is one break. Looks like DeMarcus Cousins might be just that.