Another day, another injury. The 2012 USA Men’s Basketball roster lost another player today when Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin injured his knee. Anthony Davis, the Number 1. NBA draft pick this year, will be rejoining the team for practice and may soon be added to the official roster.
ESPN reports that the Team USA forward “twisted his knee” during practice today. Griffin was flown out to Los Angeles where he will have an MRI. According to USA Today, it was the same knee that Griffin sprained during the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
Griffin, who recently signed a 5-year $95 million contract, hasn’t officially been taken off the roster yet. But while he gets his knee checked out, Team USA will continue practicing with New Orleans rookie Anthony Davis.
Davis is currently one of six Olympic alternates for the men’s basketball team. According to ESPN, the team can add one of the alternates to the roster up to 48 hours before the start of the Olympics.
Davis is expected to practice with the team. He is also expected to travel to Washington for an exhibition against Brazil on Monday.
Davis may not have the same experience as the other Olympians but he does have height. Team USA has already lost two big men, Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard, and could use a big man in the middle.
Despite playing without stars like Derek Rose and Dwyane Wade, and possibly Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant is still hopeful about the team’s chances at the 2012 London Olympics. Bryant even said that the 2012 team would beat the 1992 Dream Team.