Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew from playing for Team USA this summer saying he wants to concentrate on the upcoming season.
Griffin was one of 19 players selected to the USA roster, as they prepare to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Griffin missed the 2012 Summer Olympics in London after a knee injury.
Team USA will play in the FIBA World Cup in Spain starting Aug. 30 against Finland. The winner of the tournament automatically qualifies for the Olympics.
“I appreciate the invitation to play for Team USA this summer,” Griffin said. “It is a special opportunity anytime you have a chance to represent your country, and I was honored to be included. However, right now I want to focus and dedicate 100 percent of my energy on improving and preparing for the upcoming season with the Clippers.”
Griffin played in 80 regular season games and 13 playoff games last season. He averaged 24.1 points and 9.5 rebounds.
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