Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin
will reportedly miss the Olympics after suffering an injury to his left knee
during practice for the U.S. national team Wednesday.
Griffin was set to undergo an MRI on Thursday, and the Los Angeles Times
reported Griffin suffered a meniscus tear and will have arthroscopic surgery
probably next week.
According to the newspaper, Griffin will miss the Olympics, but will be ready
for training camp in October. He's expected to be sidelined eight weeks
recovering from the injury. The newspaper said Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the
Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic will perform the surgery.
Alternate Anthony Davis, the No. 1 draft pick by the Hornets, suited up
instead of Griffin for Thursday night's 113-59 exhibition win over the
Dominican Republic in Las Vegas. Davis had nine points.
Griffin originally hurt the knee in a Game 5 loss to Memphis in the first
round of the playoffs. Griffin had surgery for a stress fracture on his left
kneecap, causing him to miss the 2009-10 season.
The following season, he was named NBA Rookie of the Year. A two-time All-
Star, Griffin averaged 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds while not missing a
regular season game this past season. He hasn't missed a contest over the
first two playing years of his career.
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