May 15, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) during the third quarter in game six of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin Says He's Fine


Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin was forced to pull out of Team USA training camp because of a small fracture in his back a few weeks ago. As he continues to rehabilitate and workout, Griffin believes that he’ll be ready when the season starts back up again — and downplays the seriousness of his “injury.”

He essentially decided to rest his back, rather than putting it through more strain by participating in the FIBA World Cup.


“It’s less than a hairline, and my back is not fractured. Everything is still intact,” Griffin told the Los Angeles Times. “I can still come out here, and I can do my workouts, and I can do everything I used to do. I just shouldn’t be playing and practicing every day this early.”

“My whole thing is that I didn’t want to go into [Clippers training] camp and put myself in a worse position,” Griffin said. “It’s not that my back is broken and I’m walking around with a broken back, or I’m in so much pain.

“But if I start playing basically two months earlier than everybody else and then go through all of next season and the playoffs, then I’m probably going to put myself in a bad position. I couldn’t do that.”

NBA training camps open up in roughly eight more weeks. Griffin is coming off a season in which he averaged 24.1 points (career high) and 9.5 rebounds per game.


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