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Speculating on Blake Griffin, what if he hadn't waited

by Berry Tramel Modified: April 23, 2009 at 4:45 am •  Published: April 23, 2009
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’s because he’s spent an extra year on Planet Earth.

And if Griffin had spent that year in the NBA, he would be even more of a hoops monster.

A few players actually are better off delaying NBA arrival, for reasons of physical and social maturity. Neither comes close to applying to Griffin, who a year ago had an NBA body and who always has had good home training.

There are very good reasons for elite players to stay in college. Rarely do those reasons have anything to do with basketball.

If Griffin had turned pro last April, he would be even more ready to take the NBA by storm. And his Oklahoma City address likely would be assured.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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Cheers & Jeers: NCAA Golf tourney’s new format
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→To the new format for the NCAA Golf Championships. The tournament will consist of 54 holes of stroke play, which will determine an individual champion and eight teams that advance to match play for the team title. The Ryder Cup has shown us that team match play is among the most exciting competitions in golf.

→To OSU’s spring game format, which consisted of a real game between two teams, which was great for fans. So few things left in college football are done for the crowd in the stands. Nice to see something come their way.

JEERS
→To OSU’s 5-9 start in Big 12 baseball. The Cowboys, a game behind Missouri for eighth place, are flirting with not even qualifying for the conference tournament.

→To the seven-word essay contest to find a fan to represent the Thunder at the draft lottery. Seven words? That’s no way to find the best fan. Would Sam Presti draft a player based on seven seconds of scouting? How do you apply? Twitter?

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