Tuesday, November 21, 2017
For Blake’s Sake
By Jim Hill
Published June 25, 2009

Excuse me Lakers fan if you are still and championship hangover, but the NBA draft which will be held in New York on Thursday June 25 will give the Clippers for stealing the spotlight if only for one day.

If you had just been dropped on the planet earth by martins you would be inclined to think that only one NBA team existed in Los Angeles, but this draft could potentially alter that.

With the first pick in the 2009 NBA draft the Los Angeles Clippers select sophomore Blake Griffin of the University of Oklahoma!

In years past many could question the Clippers selection of their first round pick, but there is no debating this one.

It doesn’t matter how many power forward the team already has under contract, Griffin could potentially become a superstar in the NBA for many years to come.

Think Dwight Howard with facing the basket moves and a jump shot. Think a young version of Carlos Boozer who has for years given the Lakers fits.

Then just imagine that he is only two years removed from college? Wow!

Griffin at 6-10 can run the floor, rebound, play defense, block shots and is so good that even if the Clippers did not have as many pieces that they do he could improve this team by 10 games.

Griffin could change the Clippers marketing plans from showcasing other teams to focusing on their own.

A personable kid with great character who will not get blinded by the bright lights of Hollywood, he will work hard to get even better than he already is.

Griffin is so good that not all of the rest of the players in this draft could come close to matching his ability.

A National Player of the Year, he is durable, average 14 points per game as a freshman, 22 as a sophomore and 14 rebounds and the natural progression projects an upside that is so off the charts that trade winds are already blowing in the direction of Zach Randolph and Chris Kaman.

Professional sports drafts can be tricky, because a college star does not necessarily mean you are going to become a pro star. Certain players take time to develop, but this kid is as polished as a pair of brand new shoes.

If this was the Kentucky Derby, Griffin would be such an odds on favorite he would his odds would be 1/9.

He has reminded folks that Oklahoma has a basketball team too although the late Waymon Tisdale was a big time star there.

Mr. Griffin welcome to Hollywood, where stars of your kind fit right in.

You are clear proof that good guys can finish first, but you better have the goods and this young man has that and then some.

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