The initial news of Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin exiting Team USA practices due to a bad back were certainly alarming for fans. It did not get any better when it was revealed that the pain in his back is caused by a small fracture. Thankfully, the Clippers finally got some good news as Griffin has been constantly working and strengthening his back so that he can be ready for the 2014-15 NBA season.
“It’s less than a hairline, and my back is not fractured. Everything is still intact,” Griffin said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I can still come out here, and I can do my workouts, and I can do everything I used to do. I just shouldn’t be playing and practicing every day this early.”
Team USA has suffered major losses with the unfortunate departures of Griffin, Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love and Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George due to injuries. Love’s leave was not so much a specific injury as it was that he did not want to risk injury due to the Timberwolves trying to trade him. George, of course, suffered a gruesome compound fracture of both his right tibia and fibula.
In the case of Griffin, it certainly made sense why he did not want to push himself over the summer. Even though he is more than capable of participating in basketball activities, the last thing Los Angeles needs is an exhausted Griffin entering camp shortly after Team USA finishes up the FIBA World Cup on Sept. 14. As much as he wants to help his country win gold, his focus is helping bring a championship to the Clippers.