Blake Griffin Pulling Out Of Team USA Due to Back Fracture

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clipper*joe
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TheThinkingSomething
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I selfishly endorse this decision.

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I'd never want to have any player that's on my team not represent his country in International play, but I support Blake for this decision. He should focus on the upcoming season.

JQuick32
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Good! Why risk injury in a meaningless competition?

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Man I wanted him to play, seems like all the superstars that go usually come back better and take their game to a new level

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Sound decision. His career is his priority right now. One of the best things about Blake is how he leads by example (Chris too of course). If we could amass a roster of similarly dedicated players we would be unstoppable.

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Or in his case, come back injured.

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Ah man i like this a lot!!! If he is working on improving his game i love this, Maybe he can get his good buddy DJ and hire a Hakeem or Kareem to teach them some low post moves.

ClipperKyle32
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Chris too. Had that Thumb Injury that needed surgery.

Blake tore his meniscus.... So A Smart Sound Move.

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clipper*joe wrote:
Excellent decision. Putting the team first. Very Happy

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Blake Griffin hates America.

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Great decision. blake needs to expand his game especially on the D side of the court.i also hope dj is adding a few post moves inside as blake increases his range to give space for dj's inside.

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I know DJ been smoking weed but working on his game IDK. Blake been working on his game aggressively. Even been spotted working out with Sasha Vujacic.

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Yup as usual Blake's been working out all summer after his vacation. He's been working out with Sasha, who apparently is trying to make an NBA comeback.

ClipperKyle32
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Well I know he has been working out. This was on his birthday. Happy birthday DJ

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Great to hear.

CP3Best
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This is some of the best news I've heard all summer. I personally don't get the whole team USA thing. Its meaningless, its even more worthless than the all star game to me. If you are part of the all star weekend that is on your resume as "All-Star" but Team USA? I don't know, I just don't get it personally, maybe cause I'm a foreigner.

ClipperKyle32
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Its a big deal in the olympics. In FIBA i don't really know. I know if you win its on your resume as a gold medalist...

da11da
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Collect a ring or two then play international every summer id you'd like

kjavis
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Ironically playing for USA would have been the best preparation for the clippers and the new season, past players come into the season so much better after international play, KD, westbrick and rose come into mind

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Sasha made two of the most clutch free throws in Lakers history (against Boston in a Finals Game Seven -- talk about pressure.)

He would be a great addition to the Clippers; and he's only thirty with lots of playoff experience.

I hope he makes it back!

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I always find it interesting when people assume that if players do other things, it occupies their 16 waking hours each day, every day, and it isn't possible for them to still be productive. This isn't specifically to you or related to DJ, you just reminded me. I remember when some people would say "instead of making commercials, Blake should be working on his game" and other just unreasonable stuff as if those two things were in conflict. As if Blake needed every waking hour of every day to go make a commercial or as if players don't take off days (which would be idiotic).

Or when a player says they are additionally working on an aspect of their game that people don't see as the primary, people say things like "why is he working on that thing, he should focus on his FT shooting" as if a player is only capable of working on one thing and as if working on extra elements would mean not working on the other things.

Anyways, just wanted to get out that rant, especially when it is related to actual hard working players, not like Stephen "I don't work out or touch a basketball in summer" Jackson, which is why Jackson's career was over at 34 years old and in comparison, a guy like Ray Allen at 38 years old played 27 MPG for 73 games.

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I think it helps a lot of the guys with seeing how others work and trying to work harder, but Blake is already a super hard worker, probably working harder than those three guys already did. It helps a lot of the guys to go there and for example, Durant see how Lebron works and how he thinks the game, Westbrook and Rose see how a guy like CP3 or Kidd manages a game first hand. There's no real veteran big man that Blake is going to go pick his brain, they are all young guns. Drummond, Cousins, Davis, etc, Blake will be the teacher. If there was a KG or Duncan there, then it is a different story.

For example, a guy like Aminu wasted his first couple of summers in the league playing international competition and re-enforcing bad habits as opposed to working with a training in the gym on his weaknesses. Ironically a guy like George who was doing the latter has developed much more. Not that Aminu would be George, but if instead of playing competition, he was developing his skills, I don't doubt that right now he would have a tighter handle and be a better shooter.

I think for Blake, skill specific work that is related to the Clippers would improve his game more. He's likely hoping to continue improving his handle, further expanding his face-up game and taking his shot to the next level. We'll see. Blake's jumper was good, but if it goes to the next level, it will be crazy what he can do on the court offensively.

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I think Blake should have played. I think he should have went out and and dominated the practices and the games because that is what the best players do. Durant is there Blake should be there

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Durant can do that. Blake still needs work. Period.

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Another reason why I want Marion. He's constantly working out and in the gym improving even at age 36, and that's why he'll be an amazing pickup for some team.

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I'm glad Durant is there and Blake's not. Let the competition's best players accumulate wear and tear and risk injury in a meaningless competition while our guys work on getting better and rest up for the games that count.

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Yep your first part is true, though Blake could have still benefited playing under different coaches, especially coach K. Its a pity Blake got injured during the last Olympics, surely that would have been a highlight for his career as well as playing with all the superstars.

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This is just foolish I like to place 5th thinking. If you don't think that working out and practicing under the some of the best coaches in the world and some of the best young players won't help you improve more than simply working out by yourself then I don't know what else to say.

You say the games are meaningless but they are not meaningless to the NBA. Everyone involved will follow it that includes the media,refs ,coaches , and its damn good way to build your rep. I'm not talking about the shoe selling rep. I'm talking about the rep that gets the benefit of the doubt on a 50-50 call in a game 7 rep. You do that by going and dominating and LEADING even a team with the league MVP on it and letting the entire basketball world know that last year was no fluke and I'm ready to carry CP not the other way around.

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That's the part I think could be helpful, but honestly considering Blake missed being able to work on his game for the first two summers of his career, I think the time fine tuning his skills is necessary for him. He can go play with them in the bigger tournament which is the Olympics if it is an option and gain some knowledge then. In the end it is going to be his skills and work ethic that grows his game before all those other things, those are the fine tuning things.

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Also we are all just speculating as to reasons Blake Pulled Out. I happen to think it was prevention of injury , and other things also. Blake may have something else in mind. Maybe Blake has....

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LeBron, Westbrook, Blake, Love, and Aldridge aren't playing. Looks like the players disagree with you.

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Whomever works harder Wink

Anyways, in accord with talking about Blake improving, an area he's still going to have to fine tune is how to attack length. Blake clearly struggled against Ibaka. Now, Ibaka has a 7'4 wingspan compared to Blake's 6'11 quite weak wingspan for a PF, and obviously much better reach. Ibaka is also strong, and when Blake can't overpower a guy or shoot over him, and it is a guy like Ibaka who is athletic enough to keep up with him, he will struggle in the post. According to an article I read, Blake was 4/17 FG in post-ups vs Ibaka in the OKC series. He shot 46.4% FG in the series, so we can clearly see where that came from. He also struggles to post up against some similar type defenders. It will be interesting to see what he can figure out to give him a better chance to be more effective and efficient in the post against guys like that.

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I doubt they include blake in Olympics given he kind of left them high and dry.

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It goes down to playing for your country or playing for the money.

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LeBron, Westbrook, Blake, Love, and Aldridge aren't playing. Looks like the players disagree with you.
Lebron,Westbrook, and Love have all played before. Westbrook is recovering from a injury and Lebron and Love are in the middle of changing cities. Aldridge and Blake were trying out for the Olympics and decided to withdraw when this was a great opportunity for Blake to build on his resume .In no way does anyone you named regard these games as meaningless but they have all committed a summer before as well except LA and Blake. "We didn't have any indication that there was....

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JoeClipplet
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LOL *slaps forehead*

ClippersDA
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I agree with his decision not to go but they did say they were blindsided. I didn't want him to go.

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FIBA gold means absolutely nothing. Seriously, you are making a big deal out of nothing. Playing in the FIBA's has not gotten Durant any closer to a ring, why would it get Blake there?

Blake did enough to win the All-Star MVP this year, Durant just got jealous and chucked the West to the loss. Blake can't control the fact that Durant's a bitch and takes the All-Star Game waaaaaay too seriously every year (his chucking and stat-padding for the MVP makes it extremely boring to watch). And again, All-Star MVP isn't that meaningful of an award.

Blake is getting closer every year to a regular season MVP.

Blake will probably never be good enough defensively to win DPOY.

We'll just have to see about the O'Brien.

All in all, you are being ridiculous and criticizing Blake over nothing.

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pulling out of this competition helps Griffin a lot more. Even though I would have loved for him to enter , I remember reading a story of someone entering FIBA or Olympics and they returned....

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I wonder if he was miffed at the league nixing the promotional tour he was supposed to take part in over in the Philippines and decided he wouldn't promote the league by playing in the FIBA competition as payback.

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Am I the only one who immediately thought - there is more to the story. I don't know why, but I feel he pulled out for another reason. Anyone else?

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See my post above yours. I think that's what happened.

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I wonder if it isn't related to his UNpopularity with the other players. It just doesn't add up where he was going to attend and then all of a sudden he wasn't. You know these players and their agents plan in advance. Believe me, whether we ever find out why or not, there is definitely more going on...

ClipperKyle32
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Figures. You guys were right

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Theres that.. fracture in his back..

JQuick32
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He had back problems all last season, didn't he? Another good reason for him to say no to this meaningless competition.

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Why are you always saying it is a meaningless competition? You ate representing playing for the flag and is meaningless?

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I bet this injury is minor enough that it wouldn't even have brought to the publics attention if the FIBA World Cup wasn't going on.

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Convenient "small back injury". I think its fine for whatever reason that Blake doesn't want to play FIBA, from his type of game not utilized in this format to being with his new son. The back injury is a bit odd, I recall a post in the beginning of summer of Blake on vacation with DJ (just b4 the Amsterdam incident) showing a video of him doing a backflip into water. So how bad of an injury could it be?

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