NBA Roundtable

Blake Griffin Injured Again

In General NBA on January 13, 2010 at 5:31 pm

RealGM has the press release

After experiencing some discomfort during his recently-accelerated rehabilitation program, Clippers’ forward Blake Griffin was examined Tuesday afternoon by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.As a result of that examination, it has been determined that the healing in his left patella area has not improved to the expected required level. Griffin will undergo a surgical procedure in the near future, with a recovery prognosis of four to six months. Team personnel will be made available to the media. Further details will be made available as events develop.

Previously on December 23rd, after undergoing a CT Scan and MRI Griffin had been cleared to increase his rehabilitation workload.

Griffin, the first overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft, suffered a non-displaced stress fracture of his left patella during the Clippers’ last preseason game vs. the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, October 23rd.

Is anyone else starting to believe in the Clippers curse? Nah, me either.

Link: Bill Simmons on the Clippers curse – link.

Thoughts

  • Horrible luck for the Clippers and Blake Griffin himself.
  • The Clippers free agency hopes will take a hit with Griffin sitting out the full season. They never had the opportunity to show how good a foursome Baron + Gordon + Blake + Kaman could have been. Nor how good Griffin himself is. That’ll create some doubts in a few free agents minds. A hit, not eradicated, the Clips are still well set up for free agency overall. Just not as well as they could have been.
  • The Clippers slim hopes of making the playoffs are now over with. No chance without Griffin.
  • Marcus Camby suddenly has a lot more value on the court to the Clippers. Less likely to be available in a trade. Or at least the Clippers trade demands for Camby will increase.
  • Good opportunity for DeAndre Jordan to continue to get playing time. Hopefully he’ll do something with it. He’s still a long way from being a good player (due to his defense).

Ah well, we’ll have to wait until next year to see Griffin in the NBA.

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