Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin will reportedly miss the Olympics after suffering an injury to his left knee during practice for the U.S. national team Wednesday.
Griffin was set to undergo an MRI on Thursday, and the Los Angeles Times reported Griffin suffered a meniscus tear and will have arthroscopic surgery probably next week.
According to the newspaper, Griffin will miss the Olympics, but will be ready for training camp in October. He's expected to be sidelined eight weeks recovering from the injury. The newspaper said Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic will perform the surgery.
Alternate Anthony Davis, the No. 1 draft pick by the Hornets, suited up instead of Griffin for Thursday night's 113-59 exhibition win over the Dominican Republic in Las Vegas. Davis had nine points.
Griffin originally hurt the knee in a Game 5 loss to Memphis in the first round of the playoffs. Griffin had surgery for a stress fracture on his left kneecap, causing him to miss the 2009-10 season.
The following season, he was named NBA Rookie of the Year. A two-time All- Star, Griffin averaged 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds while not missing a regular season game this past season. He hasn't missed a contest over the first two playing years of his career.