Anthony Davis to Replace Blake Griffin on Olympic Team

by July 13, 2012

Blake Griffin and his bum left knee are out for the London Olympics, and Team USA has tabbed rookie big man Anthony Davis to take Griffin’s spot on the roster. Per Reuters: “Anthony Davis, the number one pick in the 2012 NBA draft, will replace Blake Griffin on the United States squad at the London Olympics, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo said Friday. […] ‘We are sorry to have received confirmation of Blake’s injury which has forced his withdrawal from the USA Team for this summer,’ Colangelo said in a statement. ‘Blake worked extremely hard in our training camp and certainly would have been a valuable contributor. This is another unfortunate injury, but we have to continue to move on and we’re very fortunate to have Anthony Davis available. Anthony offers our team additional height and length, and this will be an incredible experience for him.’ […] Griffin is the latest in a string of U.S. players hit by injuries ahead of the London Games, which begin in two weeks. Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, and Miami’s center/forward Chris Bosh and guard Dwyane Wade have already been ruled out due to injuries.”