With the First Pick in the Draft, the L.A. Clippers Select … A Vegetarian!

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Blake Griffin

Hoop-heads like myself are very well aware that the NBA draft is coming up on Thursday, and it is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable drafts in recent memory. One thing that seems pretty certain, though, is that the Los Angeles Clippers will take Blake Griffin as their number one pick. But here’s a pre-draft revelation about the Oklahoma big man that not many people were expecting—dude’s a vegetarian!

Over the course of two years in college ball, Griffin showed tenacity around the hoop and a willingness to bang down low—he even got himself a concussion to show for it. He simply dominated in the tournament this year, dropping 33 points and 17 rebounds on Michigan in the second round. He’s energetic, a ferocious rebounder, and has unleashed some straight-up highlight-reel dunks that’ll get you humming the SportsCenter theme song while you watch him on YouTube.

And all that? Powered by tofu, of course.

According to yesterday’s SportsCenter, the Clips are as impressed with Griffin as everyone else is. In an attempt to make the Oklahoma boy feel “at home” during a pre-draft meeting with team brass, they took him out to a steakhouse in New York City. Looks like they should have done a bit more homework—they have vegetarians in Oklahoma too, y’all!

No word on what Blake ordered from the steakhouse menu, but as SportsCenter pointed out, he’ll have no lack of great vegetarian restaurants to choose from in the city of angels as he attempts to become the latest savior of the NBA’s most troubled franchise. Best of luck, Blake. You’re gonna need it.

Written by Dan Shannon

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