The Clippers have announced via press release that Blake Griffin will undergo surgery today to repair the medial meniscus tear to his left knee that he suffered last Wednesday during Team USA practice in Las Vegas.
As Broderick Turner of the LA Times reported, Griffin is expected to be “fully recovered” and ready to play in time for training camp in October.
All things considered, that’s “good.”
But Turner does mention that perhaps measures could have been taken once the Clippers were eliminated from the playoffs to address the issue:
USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo told reporters in Las Vegas on Thursday that Griffin had an option to get his knee “scoped” at the end of the season and “opted not to get scoped.”
“That wasn’t something that he needed at that time,” Del Negro said. “That was evaluated and our doctors felt like he just needed some rest, which he took. He was fine after that.
“He was injured a little bit in the playoffs, and at that time, he just needed rest. He got the rest. The doctors felt and we felt that there was no surgery needed. So, that wasn’t the case at all.”
Of course, it’s everyone’s hope that Griffin is healed up and ready to go once the team gets together for training camp. We have come to grips with the bummer that is lost development time — time that could have been spent learning from some of the best players in the world on Team USA — but it also might be wise to temper expectations for the recovery to some degree.
No one needs to be reminded that we have seen and heard this many times before, and therefore should know better than to assume “Clippers Player X” will overcome “Injury Y” in a timely manner. Caron Butler’s one-day playoff recovery from a broken hand jumps to mind as an exception, but it’s probably worth keeping in mind that the Clippers do not have the best record with injury prevention or treatment.
In this case, one can only hope that the team (and the player) takes every precaution throughout the process, sparing no concern for his long-term health in favor of a quicker return to the court.