Blake Griffin won’t play for Team USA after quad injury


Team USA won’t have Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin this summer as he rehabs his quad injury.

The Clippers lost All-Star power forward Blake Griffin during their postseason run and now it’s Team USA that has lost the high-flying dunk artist due the quad injury that ended his NBA season.

Griffin injured his left quad tendon during the regular season and was limited to 35 regular season games and aggravated the injury in the playoff matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.

He underwent a bone marrow procedure on the left quad tendon on April 27 and is in the beginning of his rebab that is expected to have the All-Star big man ready for the beginning of the 2017-2016 regular season.

But that rehab will prevent Griffin from participating in USA Basketball training camps and exhibition tour this summer, according to ESPN’s Marc Spears.

This news shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone considering Griffin’s health is of the utmost importance and Team USA is an exhibition that would put his status in jeopardy with the Clippers.

Plus, Griffin could be the subject of trade rumors throughout the offseason after a season that was marred by the knee injury and an off-the-court incident where he punched a team employee and was suspended.

Griffin needs to focus on getting healthy and then he can focus on returning to his All-Star form. Team USA will survive without him.

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