Worst tradition. The Clippers have had two all-stars in the last 20 years; Elton Brand in 2006 and 2002, Danny Manning in 1993 and 1994. Manning soon enough demanded a trade, and Brand fled to Philadelphia in free agency when his contract was up.
Worst culture. More so than the Clippers’ history, the Clippers’ current atmosphere is the worst possible situation for Blake Griffin. The Clipper locker room will eat alive whatever rookie draws the short straw. Baron Davis, Zach Randolph, Ricky Davis. This is a roster dominated by knuckleheads who will wear down anyone committed to professionalism.
Tommy Griffin, you’re no knucklehead. Never have been. Never put up with them coaching at Classen or John Marshall. Raised your boys not to be knuckleheads.
Now is no time to waffle. So here’s what you do. Catch a plane to LA. Go sit down with Clippers coach/general manager Mike Dunleavy.
Be courteous. Be polite. But be firm. Tell Dunleavy that you won’t repeat this conversation with anyone. That this information is for his ears only. But you are settled on the issue.
Your son will not sign with the Clippers. No way, no how. If they pick him and there’s no trade, fine. No hard feelings. But there will be no contract.
Blake will go to Europe, or go back to school and work on his game privately, or go back to school and be a kick-blocking specialist for Bob Stoops’ football team.
Doesn’t matter, so long as he’s not a Los Angeles Clipper.
Then, Tommy, excuse yourself, fly home and await a draft that is sure to be as much to your liking as the 2004 NFL Draft was to Archie Manning.
405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.