With the playoffs done for the Los Angeles Clippers, Blake Griffin has set his sights to playing for the United States in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain according to Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles.
Blake: “You can learn from players [on Team USA] and playing under Coach K. I look to use that as a learning experience to grow my game.”
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 16, 2014
The Clippers offseason will likely revolve around all things Donald Sterling, so playing with Team USA this summer will allow Griffin to temporarily remove himself from all the noise.
As we all remember, Griffin was supposed to participate in the 2012 London Olympics, but a meniscus tear in the left knee made him pull out the games with Anthony Davis being his replacement.
While fatigue may possibly be an issue going forward as the Clippers are set to be second-tier contenders for the next few years as long as the injury bug fails to hit one of the marquee players, this is a great opportunity for Griffin to continue to develop, this time with some of the best coaches and players basketball has to offer. When looking at Griffin’s development tract, a factor that often goes ignored is last year’s summer being the first time Griffin entered the offseason without injury. Once again he’s healthy and if last season showed us anything, it’s that he’ll improve more by time the 2014-15 season hits.
Earlier this year, USA Basketball released a player pool of 28 names expected to tryout for the FIBA roster, with 12 spots available. Along with Blake Griffin, the list included the likes of Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, and Anthony Davis.
The 2014 FIBA World Cup is expected to start August 30th.