Las Vegas, NE, United States (4E Sports) – Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin pulled out of Team USA’s training camp due to a small fracture in his back, reports say.
Griffin was believed to have acquired the injury during last year’s playoffs.
He is expected to recover from the minor stress fracture in his back before the NBA season opens.
But according to ESPN, doctors advised Griffin to miss the international tourney for precuationary measures.
Although he had been working out in Los Angeles with teammates DeAndre Jordan and Sasha Vujacic.
Griffin together with Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love withdrew from Team USA’s training camp for the FIBA World Cup in August.
This prompted Team USA to include Atlanta Hawks big man Paul Millsap in to the player pool.
Griffin averaged 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 3.9 assists last season.
The Clips survived the first round against the Golden State Warriors but failed to beat Oklahoma City in the second-round of the playoffs.