Blake Griffin has pulled out of USA Basketball's minicamp because of a strained right shoulder,possibly hurting the No. 1 pick's chances of playing next year in the world championships.
Griffin told USA Basketball officials Wednesday that he was
unable to play because he was injured during the third of the Los
Angeles Clippers' five summer league games. The former Oklahoma
star will spend the next three to four weeks resting the shoulder.
U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday he was looking forward
to seeing Griffin play this week.
The minicamp is being used to identify candidates for available
spots on the U.S. team in the world championships. Griffin could
still be invited to compete for a spot next summer with a strong