Blake Griffin Should Go Back to Oklahoma

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IMay 20, 2009

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The best player in college football, Sam Bradford, probably didn't want to be associated with the biggest losing franchise in the NFL. So he decided to stay at Oklahoma next year and try to defend his Heisman Trophy.

The best player in college basketball, Blake Griffin, watched the Los Angeles Clippers win the NBA's draft lottery on Tuesday night. If he paid attention, he should do the same thing as Bradford.

The Clippers are the worst franchise in North American pro sports. They haven't done anything right since they lost Danny Manning and Ron Harper in the early 1990s and haven't been a legit, respected team in almost 20 years.

And then the lottery happened.

While both Clippers fans, wherever they are (Australia? Vietnam?), rejoice, this gives Griffin something to think about regarding his future. Does he really, really want to be a Clipper?

The inspirational talking point for the "future of the Clippers" is the resurgence of the Chicago Blackhawks.

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In just two years, through good drafting and swift action to improve the team, they went from zero to hero almost overnight and now are fighting the Detroit Red Wings for a shot at the Stanley Cup.

Could Griffin and last year's top pick, Eric Gordon, be the Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane of LA's other team?

Sure. And Michael Olowakandi is going to come back to the league as Bill Russell. No matter how talented the player or how high the ceiling, it all seems to fall apart the minute the Clippers jersey is worn.

Ask Elton Brand.

Or Baron Davis.

Just don't ask Mike Dunleavy...he's not paying attention.

My advice for the young superstar-in-waiting is to keep doing exactly that: wait. Take another year of dorm food and Midwestern college girls and avoid the career killer that is playing in front of 3,000 people in your jersey and a paper bag over their heads.

Stay in school, Blake.