LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 04: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers goes up for a shot against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on January 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 117-89. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Griffin will be the only player not affiliated with the last two teams to be considered for a roster spot.
Blake Griffin has already established himself as a star in the NBA and many of his peers view him as an even better human being and teammates. The USA Olympic Basketball Team has placed an emphasis on players buying into the team concept and Griffin certainly fits the bill. And even though he was not a member of the 2008 and 2010 teams, he will be considered for a spot on the 2012 squad.
Source also say Blake Griffin likely to be only player not on 2008 or 2010 Team USA squads to be considered for 2012 w/other 20 returnees— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 7, 2012
Quite the honor for Blake Griffin, who is still just 22 years old. There is no guaranteeing that he will earn a spot, but the simple fact that Mike Krzyzewski and the coaching staff will even give him a look is a story in itself.
In addition to Griffin, many players affiliated with the Los Angeles basketball scene will have a chance to represent their country at the 2012 Olympics in London. Chris Paul of the Clippers and Kobe Bryant of the Lakers will almost undoubtably make the team, while both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love, two UCLA alums, will likely make the team as well.