NBA star Griffin to miss Olympics

NBA-Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin had a bone-marrow procedure on his left thigh injury and will miss the USA team's preparations for the Rio Olympics.(Source:NBA).

He is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 NBA season but is unlikely for the Rio Games this August.

In preparation for the Games, USA basketball will be holding training camps along with five exhibition showcase games beginning in July.The 12-man US squad is expected to be announced at the end of June.

Five-time NBA All-Star Griffin could miss his second straight Olympics, having made the 2012 squad for London before withdrawing with an injury.

He was already sidelined with his quad ailment when he broke his right hand after punching a member of the Clippers equipment staff in January.

The incident earned Griffin a four-game suspension by the NBA.

Griffin would become the third member of the 31-player Team USA pool who won't play because of an injury, joining New Orleans' Anthony Davis and Washington's John Wall.

His Clippers teammate Chris Paul withdrew from consideration before breaking his hand in April, saying he preferred to rest this off-season.

Griffin, a five-time All-Star, was injured in late December. He missed 41 games during the regular season, playing just five games between his return and the start of the playoffs.

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