Blake Griffin has torn meniscus
Clippers All Star big man Blake Griffin has been diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his left knee. He will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair the injury "fairly soon," according to an official Clippers release.
Griffin is expected to be ready for training camp in October, but won't be able to play for the American team in London.
"We're relieved that this does not affect Blake's ability to be ready in time for training camp," said Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro in the Clippers' statement.
"Missing out on the Olympic experience will be tough for him to take. I know how dedicated he was to doing that. We're glad we can get this fixed now and take advantage of the available time for him to fully recover," he added.
Naismith Award winner and No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis is expected to replace Griffin on the Olympic team. Davis scored nine points in an exhibition victory over the Dominican Republic on Thursday night.
Griffin, 23, has already had surgery on his left knee in the past, which kept him out of the entire 2009-2010 season after being drafted No. 1 overall in 2009. The power forward has averaged 21.7 points and 11.5 rebounds while playing in every game for the Clippers over the last two seasons.