Ten months ago, Blake Griffin was one of the three best basketball players in the world. Before the Los Angeles Clippers were upset by the Houston Rockets in last year’s Western Conference semifinals, Griffin was a jackhammer who habitually drove coast-to-coast with ease.
Given his size, speed, strength and coordination, NBA basketball had never seen anything quite like it.
Then things fell apart.
Griffin’s 2016 has been a disaster. A couple months ago, he broke his hand punching a Clippers team employee in the face—an injury that could cost him the rest of the regular season—but apparently Team USA won’t hold it against him:
USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo says that off-court incident won't impact Blake Griffin's chances to make 2016 Olympic team.
It reminded serious NBA observers just how limited Griffin’s skill-set can be. He doesn’t protect the rim, isn’t as versatile on defense as his athleticism suggests he should be and can’t shoot threes. Why would Team USA select him when they can just grab Draymond Green instead?
Top 5 players don’t get injured and see their teams play as good if not better when they are out. https://t.co/gHxajNS8pn