"Clearly, we're taking Blake Griffin," Clippers General Manager and Coach Mike Dunleavy said in a telephone interview from Barcelona, Spain.
"This guy is the No. 1 pick. We're extremely excited. He's the guy."
There wasn't much of a question the Clippers would do anything other than take the dynamic, explosive forward from Oklahoma. Dunleavy, though, wasn't about to be coy in the wee morning hours in Spain and erased any shred of doubt about the team's intention in the draft June 25 in New York.
Congrats to all the fans.. I screamed when it happened. I was AT A LAKER GAME (yes, my bank rep gave me free SUITE tickets), and it seems God has rewarded me for being loyal to LA. I was on the phone with my buddy, and he was telling me the picks 1 by 1. When he said we were in the top 3 and Sacramento and Memphis were out... I already had that feeling we won. We had the best chance of those 3. During the 3rd pick I was saying Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma.. and that's in fact who got it. Then I rejoiced- I knew that meant we got either Griffin or Rubio. During second I was saying Memphis Memphis Memphis and my buddy was like MEMPHIS!!
So then I SCREAMED- and I was in my suite early so there was barely anyone at Staples yet and it was pretty quiet. Shootaround was taking place. I'm sure the Laker players heard me screaming and yelling. Hahaha!!
I'm glad to hear Dunleavy say that we're going to get Griffin. There were other quotes from other people such as Neil Oshley and Roeser that showed that we're going to draft Griffin, but I wasn't comfortable until I heard Dunleavy say it.
The hard part now? Waiting till November for the season to start :(
Great night for all of us though, we deserve it! Thanks for being such awesome fans guys!!