Griffin to undergo knee surgery
Clippers forward Blake Griffin will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair a torn medial meniscus.
Griffin was injured last week during a Team USA practice in Las Vegas. An MRI exam the next day revealed the injury, the Clippers confirmed.
Griffin is expected to be ready for training camp in October but will miss the 2012 Olympic Games in London with a torn meniscus in his left knee.
“We’re relieved that this does not affect Blake’s ability to be ready in time for training camp,” Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said in a statement last week. “Missing out on the Olympic experience will be tough for him to take. I know how dedicated he was to doing that. We’re glad we can get this fixed now and take advantage of the available time for him to fully recover.”
Griffin was replaced Thursday on the Team USA roster by Hornets rookie Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft in June.
The knee injury occurred at a team scrimmage Wednesday in Las Vegas.
Griffin returned to Los Angeles last Thursday to be examined by Clippers’ team physicians.
The No. 1 pick in the 1999 draft, Griffin signed a five-year, $95 million extension with the Clippers Wednesday. He averaged 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds last season but hurt his left knee in the first-round playoff series against Memphis.
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Griffin’s knee injury was related to the postseason injury, saying Thursday Griffin declined the option to have his knee scoped in May.
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