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NBA Draft camp: Blake Griffin says No. 1 pick is no given

BY ANDREW SELIGMAN Published: May 29, 2009
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/> Sure, the team placed photos of Griffin on the team’s Web site after winning the lottery.

And on Thursday there was still one showing president Andy Roeser with his suit jacket held open and what looked like a jersey with the number 23 — Griffin’s number at OU — embroidered inside. All evidence seems to be pointing toward the Clippers taking him rather than trading the pick or going with someone else.

Even so, he’s maintaining a sliver of doubt.

"Nothing’s set in stone,” Griffin said. "Anything can happen, so I’m not going to start buying a house and all that in L.A.”

Told of Dunleavy’s comment, Griffin said, "I believe him. If he’s possibly my coach, I believe him. Anything can happen is the way I’m looking at it.”

If they go with Griffin, the Clippers can only hope he turns out better than their previous No. 1, Michael Olowokandi in 1998.

He went on to average 8.3 points in his career and is out of the NBA — one of many misfires by a downtrodden franchise that has just four playoff appearances. Los Angeles also took Danny Manning with the top pick in 1988.