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Blake Griffin won’t be playing in the Olympics.
Instead, the NBA star will be recovering from knee surgery which means he won’t be able to play in London. Griffin is now the fourth player to be sidelined from the Olympics due to an injury. Team USA had already lost two centers, Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh, to injuries before camp. Also out– Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade.
The Los Angeles Clippers announced Griffin’s injury on Thursday night.
“We’re relieved that this does not affect Blake’s ability to be ready in time for training camp,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said in a statement.
The Clippers just signed Griffin to a 5 year, $95 million extension.
“Missing out on the Olympic experience will be tough for him to take. I know how dedicated he was to doing that. We’re glad we can get this fixed now and take advantage of the available time for him to fully recover,” the coach said.
Griffin will most likely be replaced by rookie, Anthony Davis.