For Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, it will be the second time around that he will not be able to play for Team USA as the Clippers announced Friday that the power forward will miss training camp and exhibition tours due to his quad tendon surgery.
The Clippers announced that the 27-year old Griffin is under rehabilitation after undergoing a bone-marrow procedure on his left quad tendon last April 27. The team did not say though if Griffin has been officially ruled out of the team that will compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but hinted that he would be ready for the start of next season.
ESPN reported that team USA will officially announce its 12-man roster by June and if he will still be in rehabilitation state then he would be considered out due to an injury. Griffin will be the third NBA player out of its 31-man pool bolt out of the Olympics due to an injury while his teammate Chris Paul also begged off the team and wanted to rest his hand after injuring it last month.
Griffin got injured on Dec. 25 due to a torn left quadriceps then re-injured it during the playoff round this season against the Portland Trailblazers. Thus, re was ruled out for the rest of the season.
Team USA will meet in mid-July for a camp in Las Vegas according to NBC then will do a series of exhibition games for a few weeks before heading to Rio for the Olympics, which have opening ceremonies on Aug. 5.
This is the second time that Griffin will miss the Olympics. He also lost a spot in the 2012 London Olympics after he injured his knee during a practice. With Griffin out for the Olympics, other options for team USA include LaMarcus Aldridge, Darymond Green, Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Paul George.
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