Turns out Clippers superstar Blake Griffin had a legitimate reason to withdraw from the 2014 FIBA World Cup: the four-time All-Star is currently rehabbing from a back fracture suffered in the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew from Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup last week because he was advised by doctors to give a small fracture in his back more time to heal before the start of the next NBA season, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com.
Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which sources say was suffered during the playoffs. However, doctors advised him to sit out of international competition this summer for precautionary reasons.
Based on Ramona Shelburne’s piece and tweets, if the season started today, Griffin would be healthy enough to participate. But as a precaution, Griffin, at the doctors order, decided to sit this one out in order to be one-hundred percent for the 2014-15 NBA season.
In regards to the actual injury, Griffin showed no signs of discomfort or discourse in the ’14 playoffs. Against both the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder, Griffin met expectations gained from a career-best regular season, averaging 23.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in 13 playoff games.
Griffin is expected to make a full recovery.