Anthony Davis Told to Report to Team USA

Published: July 12, 2012

Anthony Davis has been told to report to Team USA camp immediately following the news that Blake Griffin has injured his knee.

Update: Davis has been added to the active roster for Team USA’s game tonight against the Dominican Republic

This is so good it doesn’t even need a witty caption. (Courtesy of @onpointlikecp3)

First reported by Yahoo Sports, it appears that Blake Griffin has potentially suffered serious injury to his knee, leaving a void up front for Team USA. While an injury is never something we would be happy about, there is a silver lining– Anthony Davis has been called back to Team USA camp. As I wrote earlier, Davis is the obvious choice if the team is in need of another big man.

Griffin twisted the knee in a scrimmage, a source said. The severity of the injury is unclear. He’s expected to have an MRI, possibly as soon as Thursday.

Griffin injured the same knee in Game 5 of the Clippers’ first-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Sam Amick adds “Source says Griffin woke up with swelling after suffering the injury yesterday.”

If Davis does wind up replacing Griffin, he’ll travel to London alongside some of the biggest names in the basketball world, gaining valuable international experience that should aid him both in his NBA endeavors as well as preparing him to lead Team USA in future international competitions. Both mike Dunleavy and Jerry Colangelo had both stressed earlier in the week that they are expecting Davis to be a big part of USA Basketball going forward.

For Hornets fans, the Olympics just potentially got a lot more fun. While we may not have the opportunity to witness his skills at Summer League, watching him at the international level would give us a real taste of just how immediate his impact can be in the NBA. While I wouldn’t expect him to play too many minutes– he is still physically less developed than most international players– Davis would join Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler as the only true big men on the roster.

Best of luck to Blake Griffin with his MRI today. We’ll keep you posted on the results and what it means for Team USA and Anthony Davis.


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