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Blake Griffin has torn meniscus, surgery needed. Out for Olympics, back for training camp.

Jul 12, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

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LAS VEGAS — Bad news for Team USA, which has lost another big man.

Bad news for Blake Griffin as he is about to have a second surgery on his left knee just days after signing a new, max five-year, $95 million contract on Wednesday.

Griffin suffered a meniscus tear in his left  knee during a scrimmage on Wednesday, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. He did not play in Team USA’s exhibition win on Thursday night and will have surgery on it early next week, the report states.

Griffin will not be playing for the U.S. Olympic team in London later this month, but he will be available for Clippers training camp that starts in October.

The Clippers confirmed this on the team Web site.

This is the same knee Griffin had surgery on before his rookie year and the same knee he sprained in the playoffs. However, the new injury is reportedly unrelated to those injuries.

Griffin joins Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and LeMarcus Aldridge as USA bigs forced to pull out of Olympics due to injury.

Anthony Davis — the Kentucky star and No. 1 overall pick of the Hornets in the draft — has been called back up to the national team (he was in Las Vegas anyway to play on the Hornets Summer League team). He played part of the fourth quarter Thursday night against the Dominican Republic, had a put-back offensive rebound under the basket and an and-1 three with the foul. You could see LeBron James and other Team USA players working hard to pump Davis up.

But Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski added that this is a blow.

“Blake is one of the best players in the league,” Coach K said. “Anthony Davis at some time is going to be one of the best players in the league, but Blake is a proven commodity. And if we don’t have him that’s a big loss. He was playing really well for us.”

  1. dondada10 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    How did the injury happen? I have a hard time seeing how it’s unrelated to the previous two injuries.

    Blake Griffin’s career is based on his leaping abilities. Hope he gets better and stays healthy.

    • joshm5683 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      There isn’t any video or any definitive answer on how it happened as far as I can tell. The reports I read was it was a non contact injury during a scrimmage, but I don’t know if there is any footage of the actual injury itself.

      Even as a Lakers fan, I’m a USA fan obviously 1st, and this injury sucks. Not just for Team USA, which I think will be fine, but for Griffin in general as having multiple knee surgeries, no matter how minor do start to add up. Good thing for him signing his extension a little bit earlier.

      This is EXACTLY why Dwight Howard will sign with whatever roster he is on at the end of the season. He isn’t going to walk away from 30 million, when freak injuries happen.

      • joshm5683 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:14 AM

        Nevermind, just looked a few posts back on PBT and saw there was a video. Looks like it was a non contact landing

  2. mat9844 - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    As disappointed as I am that I won’t see Blake play in the Olympics, I’m sure it’s nothing compared to his disappointment in not being able to help his USA teammates win the gold. As a big fan of his, I just gotta wait ’til October! Best wishes to you, Blake. Get well fast.

  3. thestudiokida - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Blake is a very talented and athletic player but Team USA won’t miss him that much. He can’t shoot for crap and he’s too slow getting up and down the court. Anthony Davis loves sprinting up the court and did I just see him hit a 3 AND get fouled? Baller. UNNIBROWWWWWW!!!

  4. jobotjones - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    At least its not ligament damage.

    Also, greg monroe says, “told you so”

  5. philliesnuts - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Who’s LeMarcus?

  6. nygdriveforfive - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    One of the two Georgetown bigs should be on this team not Davis. Hibbert would give them good minutes of the bench and a true 5 to help against Gasol brothers.

  7. magicbucs - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Is that Karma i smell? You became a star for being a dunker?? You haven’t won anything Blake. Not even a gold medal.

    • dannymac17 - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      You should worry about your own players. Mr. Magic.

      Your team has 14 wins written all over it.

  8. magicbucs - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Hibbert the Allstar got overlooked for a kid with a unibrow. Its almost like Christian Laettner on the original dream team when it should of been shaq? Ok not really but can you imagine if it was shaq on that team.

  9. larrybrown43 - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    There is only so much cartilage in your knees. When it’s taken out it doesn’t grow back. The meniscus is like a rubber washer that prevents the bones from scrapping together. His two injuries will gradually seep him of explosiveness, leading to arthritis and take at least three years off his career.

    Too bad. He’s fun to watch and has charisma.

    • adfranco - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      Which is why he needs to improve his all around game like jump shooting and free throws. If not, his career ain’t going to last long.

  10. nokoolaidcowboy - Jul 13, 2012 at 5:15 AM

    I feel bad for him. Would like to have seen what he would have brought to the team.

    *cough, Kardashian curse *cough

  11. rockthered1286 - Jul 13, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    Ha he called Bosh a “force.” Mike Miller was more of a “force” in the finals.

    • zeedoubleyou - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      Bosh was the anchor of the defense, which was definitely a force.

      Even moreso than his game 5 heroics, I feel that MM’s greatest contribution to the title was just suiting up and playing everyday. When one guy is playing through three potentially season-ending injuries, the rest of the team can’t help but rally around that.

  12. 69jaredallen69 - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    Hibbert I believe is ineligible for US team as he played for another country at a national level in his junior days

  13. dejunnet - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Man this sucks. They say he will be back in time for training camp. I hope this doesn’t hold him back.

  14. Mr. Jones - Jul 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Reblogged this on Sports w/ KJ.

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