Clippers’ Blake Griffin withdraws from summer team

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin dunks against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin dunks against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin today announced that he will not participate on the USA Basketball Men’s National Team this summer. Griffin was one of 19 players selected to the USA roster from which the 2014 USA World Cup Team will be selected.

“I appreciate the invitation to play for Team USA this summer,” Griffin said. “It is a special opportunity anytime you have a chance to represent your country, and I was honored to be included. However, right now I want to focus and dedicate 100 percent of my energy on improving and preparing for the upcoming season with the Clippers.”

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