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The Los Angeles Clippers have been here before, holding the keys to their future, only to fumble it away one way or another.
They won the right to the top overall pick in the June NBA Draft on Tuesday night, snagging the big prize for the third time in franchise history. Now all they have to do is find a way to make sure Oklahoma power forward Blake Griffin shows up in Clipperland in time for training camp in the fall.
There is no great debate in this year's draft, a stark contrast to the last two. The debate was between Greg Oden and Kevin Durant two years ago, and Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley last year.
Pretending to be interested in Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio or even Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet will be strictly for show. The Clippers brass would be wise to dispense with the charades early and do the right thing. Then they can sit back like everyone else and watch the high-stakes game of poker that'll be played for the 29 other first-round picks.
Blake Griffin. (Getty Images)
|2009 NBA Mock Draft (Updated on May 20, 2009)|