Clippers All-Star forward, Blake Griffin, sustained a left knee injury during Wednesday night's practice with the U.S. Olympic basketball team in Las Vegas and was scheduled to return to Los Angeles on Thursday for further evaluation.
The same doctor who performed his season-ending left knee surgery during his rookie season in 2010 will examine Blake Griffin.
Griffin had been given a clean bill of health after he took a physical Tuesday in L.A., before he signed his five-year, $95-million contract extension. Griffin is not going to play Thursday night against the Dominican Republic in Las Vegas.
It's the same knee that Griffin sprained in Game 5 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies. Griffin didn't miss a game in that series and played in the next four games in the semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs.
After days of reports and rumors, on June 11, clubs were finally able to officially make moves and many of them did, but the biggest talent on the potential dealing block, All-Star center Dwight Howard, stayed with the Magic.
Talks of a four-team trade deal collapsed when Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan ruled out a transfer to the Nets, Howard's preferred destination.
"Anything is possible, but with the talks that we have had up to this point there is probably not a whole lot there," Hennigan said of reviving a Nets deal for Howard.
Hennigan believes such a trade would not be in the Magic's best interest, even though Howard could play out a final season and leave on his own terms in another year. Hennigan said that when he told Howard about his decision, the star big man was 'conversational, respectful, professional and business-like.'
The Magic are still looking for a new coach, with Hennigan believing a hire could come as quickly as next week. Hennigan said he has spoken with other clubs about obtaining Howard, a list that reportedly includes the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The loss of former Celtics shooting guard, Ray Allen, to Miami leaves a deep crater within the Celtics bench. If that wasn't bad enough news for the Celtics, the team's projected Opening Night starter, Avery Bradley, now may have his shoulder in a sling when the season begins.
Approximately six weeks after having surgery to repair repeated dislocations of his left shoulder, Bradley will have to endure another procedure on his right shoulder Tuesday at New England Baptist Hospital and may not be ready for the start of the regular season. Team officials said Bradley is progressing well from the left surgery, but had to wait until that shoulder healed enough before have surgery on the right.
It is unknown when Bradley will be able to participate in basketball activities again, but coach Doc Rivers and president of basketball operations, Danny Ainge, are prepared for Bradley to miss time.
"I have no idea, I really don't," Rivers said as the team's summer league entry practiced Sunday. "I hear the beginning of the year he'll be back, [or] until mid-December - probably somewhere in-between."
Former Celtics shooting guard, Ray Allen, has officially decided to leave Boston and play for the Miami Heat this upcoming season. Allen's unexpected departure leaves both fans and Coach Doc Rivers shocked and surprised.
"I'm just disappointed, he should have stayed," Rivers said before the Celtics' summer league entry began practice at Rollins College. "We recruited him just as hard [as Miami]. We talked [after he agreed to a three-year contract with the Heat]. It was a good talk. When a guy makes his mind up, I am not going to try to change it. I respect him for all he did for us, but I thought he should have stayed with us."
It is hard to understand the decision Ray Allen made. The Celtics offered double the amount of money, which amounted to $12 million over two years. It is well documented that Ray Allen may have had some personal problems with Celtics point guard, Rajon Rondo and re-signing Celtics' Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, and Jeff Green before Allen may have made him feel un-wanted.