The L.A. Clippers have every reason to celebrate when they drafted the consensus college player of the year Blake Griffin. It wasn’t such a hard decision with the 6-foot-10 251 lbs. NBA ready body Griffin who is a sure double-double guy night in and night out plus he belongs in one of the weakest draft in the NBA. There are glimpse of greatness in Brandon Jennings and Tyreke Evans but they were high risk low reward players compared to a sure shot Griffin. But that wasn’t exactly how things went on this season with Evans an early candidate for Rookie of the year followed closely by Jennings while Griffin will have to play his rookie year next year with his broken left kneecap needing a season-ending injury. The series of bad luck for the Clippers are slowly piling up with three first round draft picks namely Michael Olowokandi (1998) , Danny Manning (1988) and Blake Griffin all have undergone injuries in their rookie year. The Clips still have a decent chance in going to the playoffs with Baron Davies, Chris Kaman, Marcus Camby and second year guard Eric Gordon leading the Clippers to a respective 18-22 record falling only four places behind the 8th spot in the Western conference. Having a Blake Griffin in the team would certainly help them but without him doesn’t hurt them much either because they have been playing without him since from the start. The Clippers are a team loaded with great talents but in the last decade they always fail to reach to their full potential imagine having Lamar Odom, Darius Miles, Tyson Chandler and Quentin Richardson all in one team. They have been a shadow to their LA counterpart the defending champions Lakers and from way things are going it looks like it will stay that way for the next decade. It’s hard to say that the Clippers are jinx especially having such a great athlete in Griffin. It’s just a product of coincidence and unwanted injury.
Blake Griffin will have to rest his knee and get ready for the next season. I have a feeling that the Clippers will be unleashing a hungry lion.
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