Griffin out of Games
The Los Angeles Clippers said Blake Griffin has torn cartilage in his left knee and will miss the Olympics.
Griffin returned to Los Angeles Thursday for evaluation after reporting discomfort in the same knee that bothered him in the playoffs following Wednesday’s practice with Team USA. The Clippers said he will require arthroscopic surgery and should be ready for training camp.
Griffin, who just signed a five-year, $95 million extension with the Clippers, is expected to be out eight weeks.
USA Basketball officials said they hadn’t been told Griffin would be forced to pull out. Once he does, the Americans will be able to replace him on their 12-man roster, likely with Anthony Davis.
Davis, the national college player of the year, was added to the roster for the exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Thursday and scored 9 points in 10 minutes of the the United States’s 113-59 rout at Las Vegas. Kevin Durant led the US team with 24 points and had 10 rebounds. In limited duty, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James combined for 11 points.
The MVP of the world basketball championship two years ago, Durant came off the bench to shoot 9 of 11 from the field, making 5 of 6 3-pointers in 22 minutes.
British lawmakers clamored for an explanation Thursday about why the military needs to field more troops to protect the Olympics after a private security contractor that was paid millions to do that failed to recruit enough staff.
The development is considered a major embarrassment for London’s Olympic Organizing Committee just two weeks ahead of the Games.
Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed that the British government will deploy an additional 3,500 troops at the London Olympics. That’s because of concerns that the firm G4S — which had been contracted to provide the bulk of the 13,200 private security guards protecting 100 Olympic venues — may not hit its target because of problems recruiting and training staff.
May stressed to lawmakers that the security operation for the Olympics — which officially kick off July 27 but have soccer games as early as July 25 — had been meticulously planned. Still she said contingency planning had always been necessary amid a constantly changing security environment.
‘‘Concerns have arisen about the ability of G4S to deliver the required number of guards for all Olympics venues,’’ she said Thursday. ‘‘We have now agreed that it would be prudent to deploy additional military support.’’
Republicans and Democrats in Congress railed Thursday about the US Olympic Committee’s decision to dress its athletes in Chinese manufactured berets, blazers, and pants while the American textile industry struggles economically with many American workers desperate for jobs.
‘‘I am so upset. I think the Olympic Committee should be ashamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile, and burn them and start all over again,’’ Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters from Capitol Hill.
‘‘If they have to wear nothing but a singlet that says ‘USA’ on it, painted by hand, then that’s what they should wear,’’ he said.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters at her weekly news conference that she’s proud of the nation’s Olympic athletes, but ‘‘they should be wearing uniforms that are made in America.’’
House Speaker John Boehner said simply of the USOC, ‘‘You'd think they'd know better.’’