Say Your Prayers Clippers, as Griffin May Just Be a Savior

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IJuly 10, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 25:  First overall draft pick by the Los Angeles Clippers,  Blake Griffin is congratulated by members of his entourage during the 2009 NBA Draft at the Wamu Theatre at Madison Square Garden June 25, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Whether it is cursed spirits existing somewhere in their secret locale or just a core of players who have weak bones and can’t last an entire season, there is an elusive notion that the Los Angeles Clippers in the landscape, where purple and gold confetti covered the streets not so long ago, made headline news in the front pages of local tabloids at the NBA Draft once again.

Although the Clippers are hampered with misadventures, they lucked out by hitting the jackpot to sustain the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, and selected Blake Griffin. At least, in a disastrous era, Griffin can resolve any fragile collapses and dismiss any jinx spirits.

Whatever spirits hunt the Clippers of excelling with bundles of talented stars and potential stars in the near-future, it is not the Sports Illustrated magazine covers or video game appearances on front covers.

As the Clippers vividly are convinced that Griffin’s presence is a turning point in the near future, consider the Clippers a curse. A miserable past doesn’t pose as bad luck to the towering 6-foot-9 power forward, and if there is anyone who can shake off humiliation and stress among a sully owner, Donald T. Sterling, Griffin is the legitimate specimen to rearrange dysfunction and produce fruition among a forlorn team.

Over the years, disadvantage has bestowed more downsides to their talent, which has languished in delivering eminence. In this past season, the Clippers failed to amass twenty wins, and ended a downcast season with an abominable 19-63 record. It wasn’t even enough wins to preserve the ninth seed, to come up one spot shy of playoff contention.

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In what may have been the Clippers finest selection ever, Griffin might be the answer to their prayers. After all, he was a dominant force at Oklahoma, and his presence allowed the Sooners to establish a burgeon culture among one of the premier schools in college basketball.

In his sophomore season, Griffin guided the Sooners to an impressive 30-6 record, and advanced to the national quarterfinals, but unfortunately finished shy of capturing triumph. From there, he carefully weighed options and decided to forgo his junior season to turn pro.

Luckily, the Clippers are welcoming in the gigantic 20-year old prospect. And, assuming he’ll translate dynamic capabilities, similarities that were applied efficiently in college, the Clippers are getting an instrumental piece to deter opposing teams from often fleeting to the rim.

With Griffin’s height advantage, he will isolate and pose a threat to a number of teams. Even though the team is cursed, it doesn’t mean Griffin will experience the same type of despair. In fact, he might be the one player needed to boost confidence and rebuild a team that is not confident into a tough-minded team, and the Clippers can maybe snap out of their recent afflictions.

The Clippers have moved one step forward in signing Griffin, an NBA-ready prospect who can blossom in the spotlight and emerge into a forceful forward. He is even versatile, in which he can start as a center with unmitigated athleticism and tallness to overpower players under the basket. Already, he is tremendous in grabbing rebounds, a strength that highlighted Griffin as the best available pick in this year’s draft.

The masses are familiar with Griffin as a college superstar and recognized that he led the nation in rebounding and double-doubles. Devoted college basketball fanatics are also aware of him producing 22.7 points and 14.4 in the final season with the Sooners.

Now the question is can he translate it to the NBA level? Can he handle all the hoopla about their misfortune in the past? Joining a team like the Clippers only indicates bad things to come in the near future, right? Normally players suffered from mind-blowing injuries whenever they joined the Clippers.

By examining each injured patient, indeed the first thing that comes to mind is a curse, which leaves Clippers fans suspicious of negative spirits. Suddenly, it turned into a team of patients, and not a team of players who could expose ascendancy with stamina and talent. Fans should now be obligated of jumping onto the wagon and screaming for the Lakers, as Clippers Nation was neglected a long time ago.

That means selecting and signing Griffin is a good sign.

For people who still believe in the Clippers and aren’t convinced a curse has distorted prosperity, he’s a positive vindication in the future.

These days, they are considered to be in their revamping stages, a development that seems to have lasted since Clippers Nation outlived Lakerland in 2005 playoffs, when the Lakers were eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in the first round, and weeks later fans started sporting red, admiring the Clippers as if they were first priority all season.

Still, they won’t have the advantage of stealing headlines, but Griffin might give them the edge needed to reestablish into contention form.

Say your prayers.


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