July 11, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA forward Blake Griffin (left) speaks with guard Kobe Bryant during practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Blake Griffin Injures Knee in Team USA Practice and Undergoes Successful Surgery

Blake Griffin underwent success arthroscopic surgery yesterday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee; the injury occurred during a Team USA practice on Wednesday July 11th. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.

The injury is of the utmost concern for the Los Angeles Clippers, who recently inked a 5 year, $95 million contract extension with the All Star Power Forward. Griffin had some trouble with his knee during the Clippers playoff series with the Memphis Grizzlies; it is also the same knee that he hurt during an exhibition game in 2009, which cost him his rookie season.

Chauncey Billups recently re-signed with the Clippers and is hopeful Griffin will make a fully recovery by training camp.

“I think that he’ll be back healthy soon,” Billups said, “and he’ll be back to the same old incredible Blake Griffin.”

Billups is still progressing from his torn Achilles tendon and is hopeful that he will play in “all 82 games this year”.

He also has a lofty team goal for the Clippers next season.

“I’m talking about winning the West,” Billups said. “That’s the way that I think and hopefully that’s reciprocated throughout the locker room and throughout the organization.”

The Clippers were one of the teams most fiercely hit by injuries last year, and the idea of a full season of Billups, Chris Paul, and Blake Griffin is an exciting prospect. Hopefully the injury bug does not strike as swiftly and repeatedly as it did last year.

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