Blake Griffin was one of the many players who had to miss their chance to fight for Olympic gold in the London 2012 games with the latest installment of the Dream Team. Sure enough he made the cut and was actually during training with the USA Olympic team that the injury in his knee was developed. Griffin suffered a tear on his medial meniscus while training in Las Vegas on July 11th. He underwent arthroscopic surgery last month in Germany and his recovery has been excellent. It is expected that the Power Forward from the LA Clippers will join the rest of his teammates on October 1st when the Clippers training camp kicks in. It is a shame that Griffin missed a chance to collect an Olympic medal, but maybe he can make up for it by getting an NBA title. It’s a long shot, but for the very first time in a very long while, the Clippers are actually looking like a team that might have a chance to be a title contender.
Yet the injuries are still making it a long shot. As of press time it is still uncertain whether Blake Griffin is going to be able to start training camp with Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups playing next to him. Paul underwent surgery last week to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb while Billups is still recovering from surgery in February to repair a torn left Achilles tendon that put him out for the remainder of the season. It’s a long way for the recovery, but considering that Paul is still fairly young and that Billups will have almost 8 months to recover since he first got injured, the Clippers might be able to start the season with a clean sheet of health.
Blake Griffin went on to say that his recovery is coming along quite well. “I just needed to get the swelling out of the knee. That was the biggest battle. There’s nothing that needs time to repair or heal. It was just reducing the swelling and getting the strength back in my leg and once I got that, I was out on the court every day.” So that’s got to be quiet a relief for the Clippers fans out there who were wondering exactly how things would look like this upcoming season considering that for a moment there Billups, Paul and Griffin were all in the injury list.
Paul is probably going to be able to make it back before the Clippers officially open up the 2012-13 NBA Season. The squad kicks it off on October 31st against the Memphis Grizzlies. But trainig camp is going to be essential for the Clippers. They are now welcoming six different players including Lamar Odom, Jamal Crawford and Grant Hill, so creating the chemistry needed to get their game synched is of utter importance. Griffin said the offseason acquisitions showed how far the Clippers have come as a franchise, singling out players such as Hill and Billups who essentially chose to finish their careers and chase a championship with the Clippers.