No guarantees

Blake Griffin is learning the hard way that hard work isn't always enough

Updated: January 13, 2010, 9:48 PM ET
By Kevin Arnovitz | ESPN Los Angeles

Blake Griffin would never admit it, because entitlement isn't part of his mental makeup, but he deserves to be playing professional basketball right now.

When prognosticators said he'd be a lottery pick after his freshman season at Oklahoma, Griffin bucked the current one-and-done trend and stayed for his sophomore year. The millions could wait because there was work to be done on his game.

When he was chosen by the Los Angeles Clippers with the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft, Griffin ...

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