Michael Jackson is found in a coma, rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead as hundreds of reporters descend on his mansion and on the hospital in Los Angeles. In other news, Farrah Fawcett dies and Arnold Schwarzenegger threatens a veto. In still other news, the Clippers draft Blake Griffin. And so it begins. The Clipper Curse reared its ugly head before the team could even draft the big man. Thursday was supposed to be a night for the snake-bit franchise to bask in the glow. The Clippers not only had the top overall pick in the NBA Draft but also had the chance to take a player who might change their fortunes. Talk about big news. But not now. Not in Hollywood. Not after the King of Pop died. Welcome to L.A., Big Blake. Worse than that, welcome to the Clippers. Griffin knows all about their poor history. The Oklahoma City native has been asked about it every time he’s done an interview since the night of the draft lottery. He’s been asked about it so much that he goes on audio autopilot when asked about anything having to do with the Clippers’ past. During an interview earlier this week: "I am not worried about anything that has happened in the past. I wasn’t a part of that, and a lot of the guys that are there now weren’t a part of it.” During a television interview after he was drafted: "I’m not worried about what’s happened in the past. I’m only looking forward to the future.” During a conference call: "It’s not about what happened in the past. It’s about what’s happening in the future. I’m not worried about anything that’s been going on. I’m only worried about what’s happening from here on out.” Sounds a little like Griffin is trying to convince himself of that. Who can blame him? Since the franchise first moved to Southern California in 1976, the Clippers have never won their division but have finished last 15 times. Their winning percentage during that span has been .353. What’s worse, they’ve made some of the biggest draft blunders of all time. There are so many examples that the rest of this column could be used chronicling all of them, but really, all you need to know about is the 1987 draft. That year, the Clippers had the fourth overall pick and drafted Reggie Williams. They chose a guy who spent his 10-year career as a league journeyman ahead of future All-Stars Scottie Pippen, Kevin Johnson, Horace Grant and Reggie Miller. But wait, there’s more. The Clippers also had the No. 13 and No. 19 picks. They went with Joe Wolf and Kenny Norman. Among the players they could’ve taken instead were future All-Stars Mark Jackson and Reggie Lewis. Thing is, even when the Clippers make the right pick, something goes wrong. The year after picking Williams, Wolf and Norman, the Clippers snagged the top overall pick in the draft. They selected Danny Manning, a college superstar and a pro sure thing. The Kansas big man was much like Griffin this year – a no-brainer. The Clippers took Manning, but only 26 games into his rookie season, he blew out his knee. Manning rehabbed and returned the next year. Even though he spent more than a decade in the NBA, he never became a star. Even though his knee was healthy, he never really recovered from that injury. Maybe Griffin will be different. Maybe he will be the player who pulls the Clippers out of their misery. Maybe he will be strong enough to break the curse. Then again, maybe not. What happened to the King of Pop is not a good sign for the Terminator. Heck, Griffin won’t even be the best-known Terminator in California. "It’s going to be a little different,” Griffin said of his new home. "I don’t think L.A.’s much like Oklahoma, but I can definitely get used to it.” It’s not a matter of adapting. It’s a matter of surviving. The Clipper Curse has taken aim at plenty of players over the years, and if his first day as a Clipper is any indication, Griffin is already in the crosshairs. His thunder was stolen. His buzz was zapped. What’s next? His knee? His back? His sanity? Welcome to the Clippers, Big Blake. "It’s a great opportunity,” he said. "I’m excited about it and hope it’s for the best.” It rarely is when the Clippers are involved.