Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been forced to withdraw from Team USA training camp, as he recovers from a small fracture in his back.
According to ESPN.com, the Clippers star was advised by doctors to sit out as the team prepares for the FIBA World Cup to give his back more time to heal before the start of the NBA season. Despite the news, he’s expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which sources say was suffered during the playoffs.
He’s been working out this summer in Los Angeles with teammate DeAndre Jordan and former Laker and Clipper Sasha Vujacic.
Griffin’s withdrawal, along with Kevin Love pulling out has left Team USA thin in the front court and prompted the late addition of Atlanta’s Paul Millsap to the camp.