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Blake Griffin announced Thursday that he will not take part in this summer’s FIBA World Cup tournament for team USA.
In a statement on the subject, Griffin said he wanted to “focus and dedicate 100 percent of my energy on improving and preparing for my upcoming season with the Clippers.”
The Portland Trail Bazers' LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard are also sitting out this summer, according to NBC Sports.
Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff will start training camp on Monday in Las Vegas. They are tasked to narrow their roster of 19 players down to 12 before the FIBA World Cup tournament in Spain, which commences on Aug. 30.
With a gold medal in Spain, Team USA would receive an automatic qualification for the 2016 Olympics, according to USA Today.
Griffin is coming off the best season of his career, ranking sixth in the NBA with 24.1 points per game. He added 9.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per contests as the Clippers clinched the third-best record.
Griffin needs as much time to rest and recover, especially with his physical style of play.
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