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Rain is a sign of a new bright future, washing away the old in preparation of the new. As each drop poured from the heavens little did I realize what we were watching was the baptism of Blake Griffin into a national notoriety, the crowning of the start of his reign in the world of advertising, CPM's and Q-ratings.

Of course the stage was perfect despite the rain. The entertainment capital of the world, performances by Rihanna, Kanye West, Cee-Lo Green and Lenny Kravitz. To quote Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler, “Oh me, oh my!”

Inside STAPLES Center for the Rookie Challenge Friday night everything was different. A makeshift stage for the TNT broadcast crew was set up inside because of the weather, and there as the stage behind one of the baskets for the performances. With the thousands of students - the T-Mobile All Stars as they were marketed - filled the lower bowl of the arena wearing pink jerseys (boys and girls alike), it was mind blowing to hear their excitement for Blake Griffin.

And Griffin did thrill thanks to the assists from Washington Wizards guard John Wall. The highlight alley-oop bounce pass from Wall from behind the three-point line was a work of art.