Blake Griffin injured his left knee during a Team USA Basketball scrimmage Wednesday and is flying back to Los Angeles to have it examined, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Griffin injured the same knee during Game 5 of the Clippers’ first round series with the Grizzlies earlier this year. Griffin of course missed an entire season in the NBA after he was drafted due to a knee injury.
Team USA players have been dropping like flies over the past few months. Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all will not be playing in the Olympics due to an injury.
Anthony Davis has been asked to return to training camp now to fill Griffin’s void. The United States really only have two other bigs on the roster in Tyson Chandler and Kevin Love.
There were highlight videos of Griffin flying all over the court in practices with the team finishing emphatically with acrobatic slam dunks.
Following a condensed 66-game season and then playoffs, playing more basketball with little down time doesn’t make avoiding injuries any easier for these guys.
The toughest competition for the United States in the Olympics will be Spain, who they can only see in the Gold Medal game. Spain will have an advantage inside against the U.S. and losing Griffin doesn’t help the team.
The team will play their first exhibition game tonight at 9 p.m. when they take on the Dominican Republic.