Clippers keep plugging away

THE BALTIMORE SUN

General manager Elgin Baylor, who usually represents the Los Angeles Clippers at the NBA draft lottery, is staying home.

Coach Bill Fitch, who guided the team to the NBA's worst record, and Joe Safety, vice president of communications, will be on hand today.

"We feel lucky," Safety said when asked why Baylor isn't attending.

They should. Since the lottery's inception in 1985, the Clippers have participated six times, winning in 1988 (Danny Manning), finishing second in 1989 (Danny Ferry) and third in 1985 (Benoit Benjamin).

Then again, maybe they shouldn't.

LUCKY DAY?

The chances each team will have to get the top choice in the NBA draft lottery when the order of the first 11 picks is determined this afternoon:

Team (record) ................. Chances

L.A. Clippers (17-65) 250 in .. 1,000

Washington (21-61) .............. 183

Minnesota (21-61) ............... 182

Philadelphia (24-58) ............ 126

Golden State (26-56) ............. 94

Detroit (28-54) .................. 66

New Jersey (30-52) ............... 44

Miami (32-50) .................... 27

Milwaukee (34-48) ................ 15

Dallas (36-46) .................... 8

Sacramento (39-43) ................ 5

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