Tommy Griffin, there’s someone you should meet. Archie Manning is his name. I don’t know Manning — interviewed him privately once; heck of a nice guy — but I know well people who know Manning well. Something could be arranged. Manning did something you should do, in very similar circumstances to what your family is facing. Manning looked out for his boy. He flew into the winds of convention and power, all because he thought it was best for his son. Time for you to do the same, Tommy Griffin. You’ve done amazing work raising Blake and Taylor. They’ve become solid young men. But your work is not done. Sometimes, even massive men (the 6-foot-10 Blake qualifies) still need guidance from home. So here goes. Don’t let your son become a Los Angeles Clipper. Do whatever is within your power — and despite what anyone says, Blake holds the high cards — to make sure your son lands elsewhere on NBA Draft night. Just like Archie Manning did for Eli. In the 2004 NFL Draft, the Mannings sent along word that Eli would not sign with the San Diego Chargers, should they select him with the first pick in the draft. San Diego chose Eli anyway, but before the sun set, he had been traded to the Giants, and the Manning family was happy. I’ve forgotten all the reasons why Archie Manning was dead-set against San Diego. But I know why the Griffins should stay far, far away from the Clippers. And it has nothing to do with trying to keep Blake in his hometown. This is not a Thunder issue. This is a save-Blake issue. Get him to Memphis. Get him to Sacramento. Get him to Washington or Minneapolis or New York. Get him anywhere except the Clippers. The Clippers are the worst franchise in major-league sport. Worst record (.347 winning percentage since they moved to LA 25 years ago; two winning seasons since the ’70s). Worst owner. Donald Sterling’s racist actions and sexual harassment history was well-documented in the most recent ESPN The Magazine; the Justice Department has filed suit against him. 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. Berry Tramel: 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.