Griffin out, Davis in for USA Hoops

by | July 13, 2012 at 9:23 AM | General, Olympics

Matthew Kitchen, NBC Olympics

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Team USA forward Blake Griffin twisted his left knee in scrimmage Wednesday and was sent back to LA for an evaluation by Clippers team doctors. If you think tight-fisted owner Donald Sterling is letting Griffin go back to Vegas after he inked a five-year $95 million deal you’re sorely mistaken.

Instead, it looks like No.1 pick Anthony Davis is heading back to camp. He’ll slide into the vacated spot as one of the finalists for the team that was picked Saturday. We’ve been saying for a solid two weeks that the 6-10 Davis deserved a spot on the USA Hoops team, but we were hoping his addition wouldn’t come at the detriment of one of the most exciting young players in the world. Lame.

Griffin, who had the same knee surgically repaired during his rookie season and re-injured it during the recent playoff run, joins a laundry list of sidelined big men, including Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, and LaMarcus Aldridge, all of whom pulled themselves from consideration before the final team selection.

Davis isn’t actually faring much better, having injured his ankle days after being taken first overall in June’s draft. USA Hoops only has only two healthy players left who are taller 6-10 or taller: centers Tyson Chandler and Kevin Love.

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