It was bad enough Team U.S.A. key players couldn't suit up prior to the start of training camp.Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Chris Bosh, and Chauncey Billups couldn't wear the red, white and blue as they all suffered injuries which kept them out of the 2012 London Games.
And if that wasn't bad enough, yesterday Team U.S.A.'s Blake Griffin suffered a knee injury which will now keep him completely out of the Olympic Games.
Griffin injured the same knee he injured in the playoffs and reports are coming out on the extent of the injury.
Blake Griffin has been diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his left knee and will have arthroscopic surgery probably early next week, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Griffin is expected to be out about eight weeks recovering from the injury and should be fine and ready to play when the season starts, the executives said.
This may not sit well with Clippers fans and coaching staff but the good news is it won't affect his participation in the Clips' training camp for next season. Griffin is expected to take up to eight weeks to recover.
The injury to Griffin may fuel any argument to advance the notion NBA players should not be playing for America in international play. Here you have high-priced NBA players where teams invest millions of dollars only to see their franchise players risk injury. In turn, this puts in jeopardy the team's success in the NBA season.
In the end, playing for Team U.S.A. is voluntary but the fact remains, these star players are putting some serious wear-and-tear on their bodies. This season, we saw a hurried shortened season, some of these players saw postseason action, and now will be playing more games in London.
It shouldn't come to a surprise if you see owners (such as Mavs' Mark Cuban) push for NBA players suiting up for America come to an end.
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