Clippers' Griffin: Back is fine
Blake Griffin resumed workouts in Los Angeles with teammate DeAndre Jordan and said he has no limitations from a back injury that led him to bow out of Team USA training camp last month.
"My whole thing is that I didn't want to go into (Clippers) camp and put myself in a worse position," Griffin told the Los Angeles Times. "It's not that my back is broken and I'm walking around with a broken back, or I'm in so much pain.
"But if I start playing basically two months earlier than everybody else and then go through all of next season and the playoffs, then I'm probably going to put myself in a bad position. I couldn't do that."
Griffin confirmed there is a small fracture in his back. Provided he doesn't overdo workouts, Griffin anticipates no restrictions during the NBA season.
"It's less than a hairline and my back is not fractured. Everything is still intact," Griffin said. "I can still come out here and I can do my workouts and I can do everything I used to do. I just shouldn't be playing and practicing every day this early."
Griffin ruffled some feathers at Team USA when he opted to leave the team. General manager Jerry Colangelo said it wasn't so much Griffin's departure as the lack of communication and the other losses to the team, including LaMarcus Aldridge of the Trail Blazers and Kevin Love (Timberwolves), who withdrew before camp started because of ongoing trade talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers.