LA Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin pulled out from USA Basketball this summer, saying that he wanted to focus on preparing for the upcoming NBA season. According to ESPN, Griffin isn’t playing for Team USA due to small fracture in his back:
Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which sources say was suffered during the playoffs. However, doctors advised him to sit out international competition this summer for precautionary reasons.
Griffin has continued to work out this summer in Los Angeles with teammate DeAndre Jordan and former Laker and Clipper Sasha Vujacic.
Both Griffin and Minnesota forward Kevin Love withdrew from the training camp last week, which left Team USA thin in the front court and prompted the late addition of Atlanta’s Paul Millsap to the camp.