There’s a very good reason Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew from Team USA last week. The unspecified injury that was cited at the time turns out to be a fracture in his back.
Griffin, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports, is expected to recover fully in time from the injury, which he suffered during the playoffs. Doctors advised him to skip next month’s FIBA World Cup in Spain as a precaution while he heals.
Griffin wasn’t the only player to drop out from Team USA. Kevin Love, according to USA Basketball, cannot participate “because of his current status,” which is another way of saying that he’s been the subject of trade talks since June.