Thursday, March 19, 2009

Break Griffin

My efforts in this space will concern the NBA, future employer of Oklahoma's Blake Griffin. That is, of course, assuming the super Sooner can survive the NCAA tournament in one piece.

Draft scouts have fallen for Griffin, the consensus cream of the 2009 lottery crop. But Thursday it was Griffin who went head over heals, courtesy of Morgan State forward Ameer Ali.

I witnessed the bizarre body slam from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., where initial confusion gave way to indignation from Sooner fans. Thankfully, Griffin was unharmed.

Credit the officials for immediately issuing Ali a rightful ejection. Clearly, this was not an incidental inversion like the DeJuan Blair v. Hasheem Thabeet tango from earlier this season.

But I can't completely blame Ali for his WWE-worthy suplex. After all, the Bears had no other answer for Griffin, who shot 11-for-12 from the field and finished with 28 points and 13 boards.

Still, for Griffin's sake, I hope no one in the association was taking notes.

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