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Blake Griffin thinks Clippers should hire in-house for GM

Aug 28, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

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The Clippers have gone through this summer without a general manager since Neil Olshey took the pay raise in Portland — and done pretty well for themselves.

They made the obvious move and gave Blake Griffin a max extension. They landed Jamal Crawford and Grant Hill to give them a deeper bench and some veteran presence. They took a smart gamble on Lamar Odom. They brought back Chauncey Billups, although that was in part to make Chris Paul happy. Because the biggest job for the Clippers is to keep Paul happy and bring get him to re-sign with them next summer.

Blake Griffin was impressed. It was a job done by committee with Gary Sacks, the Clippers’ director of player personnel, coach Vinny Del Negro and team president Andy Roeser as the money man. Griffin told the AP he wants to see Sacks get the full time GM job.

“If he doesn’t get the GM job I’ll be shocked and definitely a little disappointed because he deserves it and I think everybody else thinks he deserves it,” Griffin said. “I hope that it’s going to be him.”

It’s nice that is what Griffin wants. What really matters is what Paul wants — he is the key to the Clippers and the guy they have to keep. This season the Clippers need to convince him that they have the front office savvy — and the willingness to spend — to compete with the Lakers and Thunder in the coming years. Paul is very competitive and he wants a ring. If he doesn’t think the Clippers can get him there, he will go next season where he thinks a team can (hello Dallas).

You may think that is an inverted power structure, with the player having the power over the team, but there are not 10 franchise guys in the league like Chris Paul and when you get one you do whatever it takes to keep him.

  1. manchestermiracle - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Still trying to figure out why anyone thinks Blake Griffin knows a damn thing about management. Or anything else for that matter. His on-court skills consist of jumping over cars and dunking while fending off the defender with his free arm. BFD.

    • niktendough - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Your correct! Blake griffin is a BFD. Matter of fact that’s the exact sentence everyone used when describing him. He went to the 2nd round of the playoffs early in his career…and it’s just starting. He must have posterized somebody you really liked. Otherwise as a basketball fan…Blake is someone a lot of people enjoy watching. You keep drinking….on that haterade. Str8 up.

  2. mat9844 - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Players are in a better position than anyone else to know what works for a team. Blake & CP3 are the reasons the Clippers had the biggest increase in fan base than any other NBA team last year. But I don’t have to defend Blake; his record speaks for itself. Clips made the playoffs last year, and I expect them to this year. I think he’s right concerning the GM issue.

  3. kdn4 - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Clippers made some extremely shrewd moves this offseason. I like a lot of what they done.

    If it was Sacks that was pulling the strings on those deals then he should get to stay and finish this thing out.

    It’s not like there are a bunch of other guys sitting out there waiting to be GM. I guess Mike Dunleavy… oh wait… never mind.

  4. jerdogthompson - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Manchester. Don’t hate on Blake cause he Mozgoved Pau (along with many others last year). If Pau wasn’t nicknamed Pau Ga-soft then he might have been able to stand his ground and not get bowled over while being posterized. Ok to be fair he wasn’t the only one mind you, however, don’t hate because that dirty little Spaniard got demolished.

    • niktendough - Aug 29, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Damn str8 jerdog

    • manchestermiracle - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      I don’t hate him. I don’t love him, either, but the opposite of love is indifference, not hate. I just can’t figure out why he’s got multiple endorsement deals or why anyone would seek out his opinion since he’s accomplished absolutely nothing. And yes, Gasol isn’t the only one he’s “posterized” ( which must be your definition of “offensive foul”), but referees apparently share that baffling tendency to defer to him. Something I just don’t understand. Once upon a time you had to be in the league for several years and actually win something before the refs let you do pretty much whatever you wanted. Now they just pick their favorites and let them go hog-wild. Maybe Griffin makes large contributions to the referees end-of-season party, who knows.

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