After a disappointing season that included a variety of injuries and a well-publicized, off-the-court team fistfight, the Los Angeles Clippers announced today that star forward Blake Griffin will not participate in the upcoming USA Basketball Team training camps and exhibition tour this summer.
The news was not surprising considering that Griffin re-injured his left quadriceps tendon -- the same slow-healing injury that sidelined him for months -- during the Clippers playoff series with Portland.
Griffin underwent a bone marrow procedure on his left quad tendon on April 27, and has already begun the rehabilitation process with the expectation that he will be ready for the start of the 2016-17 NBA season.
The five-time NBA All-Star originally injured the quad on December 25, 2015 against the Lakers.
In 35 regular season games this season, Griffin averaged 21.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 33.4 minutes. In four playoff games, he averaged 15.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services