Blake Griffin reportedly leaves Team USA to heal broken back
JUL 29, 2014 1:00a ET
Blake Griffin won't be playing for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup for a most serious reason: He has a small fracture in his back, ESPN.com reported.
If the Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward is going to be ready for next season, he had better skip international play this summer, doctors reportedly told him. With rest, Griffin should be good to go this fall.
Griffin is the second forward to beg off from Team USA. Though he didn't say so specifically, the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love pulled out because he's waiting to see where he ends up getting traded.