Blake Griffin has left Team USA to return to Los Angeles and get an MRI on his knee after tweaking it in Wednesday’s Team USA scrimmage, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and the NBC Sports Network. The severity of the injury is not yet known. But it was serious enough that team doctors and not the Team USA staff is getting a look at it.
Blake Griffin injured his left knee, the same one that he sprained during the Clippers playoff run, source tells Y! Sports.
Team USA was already short on big men, with Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chris Bosh having all pulled out off the games due to injuries. Griffin was kept on the team over recent No. 1 pick Anthony Davis, but Davis also is not at 100 percent due to a sprained ankle. Still, Davis has been called back to training camp, Woj reports.
It is too late for Team USA to add someone like DeMarcus Cousins to the team because rosters have already been submitted to the Olympic organizers and things like drug testing of athletes has already started.
Let’s hope this is nothing serious. Griffin just signed a max five-year, $95 million extension with the Clippers on Wednesday.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Rose is missing the New York Knicks’ game against Cleveland because of lower back pain.
Rose left the Knicks’ victory over Miami on Tuesday in the third quarter with back spasms. Coach Jeff Hornacek says Rose still felt sore on Wednesday when he came in and met with team doctors, so they sent him for an MRI exam to make sure there was no structural damage.
Rose is averaging 16.7 points and this is the first game he’s missed this season.
Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins have just been SUED over the nightclub brawl at Avenue in NYC this week … with the alleged victims claiming they were brutalized by the NBA stars.
According to the lawsuit filed in NYC, Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell claim they were innocently hanging out when Barnes approached Jasmine and began to choke her.
In the suit, Powell says he saw the attack and tried to intervene but that’s when Cousins stepped in and punched him in the face.
At that point, Barnes allegedly released Jasmine’s neck and elbowed her in the face — knocking her unconscious. Myrone claims he was taken to the ground and Barnes and Cousins proceeded to kick and punch him in the head and body.
A rep for the alleged victims calls the incident a “vicious and unprovoked attack” And says Cousins’ initial blow was a “blindside punch.”
The rep also says the two were transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital where they were treated for “serious injuries.”
It’s important to remember there’s no burden of proof for filing a lawsuit. This is not an indication of Barnes’ and Cousins’ liability or guilt. As of last update, police are still investigating, and Barnes’ attorney has said his client was cooperating.