Mar 29, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) dunks the ball during the first quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Speculation sometimes can lead to wrong assumptions. Space City Scoop touched on the nature of back injuries and how they can plague a career, rob players of athleticism, all while causing immense pain. However, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported that Blake Griffin is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the beginning of the 2014-15 season.
It caused Griffin to withdraw from Team USA camp. And that’s a bit of a blow with Kevin Love taking himself out of the pool, too. But these guys have careers in the NBA, and being healthy for the season is of course of primary importance. While Griffin may make a full recovery, one has to wonder if it is the beginning of an injury plagued career.
Sometimes, or maybe quite often, we project our emotions into players’ rehabs. Chicago Bulls fans are still hoping Derrick Rose comes back at full strength, but the truth is that once a player receives a couple bad injuries, the body starts compensating by relying on other muscles (almost always unconsciously). It’s never cool to wish injury upon the competition, but it’s pretty painfully obvious that the Clips are not anywhere near contention without their All-Star power forward.