Anthony Davis was officially added to the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team after Blake Griffin was diagnosed with a torn meniscus that will require surgery.
Griffin, the Los Angeles Clippers’ forward who injured his knee during a practice in Las Vegas two days ago, will need arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, forcing him to miss the London Olympics, USA Basketball said in a news release. The games open on July 27.
“Griffin is expected to be at full readiness when the Clippers’ training camp opens this fall,” according to the release.
Davis, who was drafted with the No. 1 pick by the New Orleans Hornets last month after helping the University of Kentucky to a national title as a freshman, had been among the final cuts for the Olympic team.
Davis, a 6-foot-10 forward, was asked to report to training camp following Griffin’s injury. He scored nine points in almost 10 minutes of action last night during the U.S.’s 113-59 exhibition-game win over the Dominican Republic.
Griffin, who averaged 20.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 66 games last season in the NBA, joined several U.S. Olympic basketball team members or candidates who were affected by injury. The Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh and guard Dwyane Wade; Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls; and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic skipped the Olympic trials because of injuries.
“This is another unfortunate injury, but we have to continue to move on, and we’re very fortunate to have Anthony Davis available,” USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. “Anthony offers our team additional height and length, and this will be an incredible experience for him.”
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