Perhaps Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers should have taken the summer off. Unfortunately, the high-flying power forward was hurt in a Team USA scrimmage. Griffin will return to Los Angeles and have his knee examined. This is the same knee that was hurt during the playoffs. As much as I would love to see Griffin and Chris Paul play some international Lob City, I think Blake may need to shut it down and skip the Olympics.
A tough sport
If you have played the game of basketball, you know how taxing it can be on the body, particularly on the knees and ankles. Granted, basketball doesn't even scratch the surface of a sport like football when it comes to wear-and-tear on the body, but hoop can still be a violent sport. When you are a guy like Blake Griffin that often plays above the rim, a long season can take its toll. He may be young and athletic, but he isn't invincible. Even superstar athletes need rest.
I do understand why these guys want to skip their vacation and play in the Olympics. Despite what Mark Cuban thinks, I believe some of these guys are playing for the right reasons. There has to be some excitement about playing on that kind of stage and winning a gold medal. Few athletes in the world get that opportunity. Therefore, I can understand why Blake would have taken the opportunity to play in London rather than staying home and resting the knee.
Rest up, big man
Maybe the injury will not be that big of a deal and Griffin will be throwing down dunks in London. However, I wouldn't want him to risk a career-ending injury when he could have healed during the summer. The Olympics is a unique event, but he may have the opportunity again in the future. Griffin is still a young player, and if he stays on course, he could be a popular pick for future squads.
The author grew up in Seattle and now lives in Los Angeles, where he waits patiently for the Sonics to return to the Pacific Northwest. In the meantime, he roots for the Clippers to become a winning franchise, and perhaps even the most popular team in their own city. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
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