Griffin wows 'em

Blake Griffin showed off the high-flying dunks that helped him become the college player of the year in a public predraft workout yesterday for the Los Angeles Clippers.

But that wasn't what most impressed coach Mike Dunleavy.

Griffin's handling three basketballs as part of a dribbling drill, his final trick before finishing the hourlong session, was what got the attention of his possible future boss.

"The last part was something you probably don't see too often from a 6-10 guy, doing two-ball and three-ball ballhandling drills," Dunleavy said. "I thought we'd save that part for last."

The Clippers, winners of the top pick in the draft lottery, hope that Griffin can help change the team's fortunes.

Whether that happens by selecting the Oklahoma star or using him as trade bait will be unveiled on draft day.

Gattison out

New Orleans Hornets assistant coach Kenny Gattison is leaving the franchise after six years.

His contract expires at the end of this month. The team said the Hornets and Gattison, 45, agreed he could pursue other jobs.

Gattison joined the Hornets under previous coach Tim Floyd in 2003 and was retained when Byron Scott became the coach the next year.

- Associated Press