The news that all Team USA fans - particularly those of an LA Clippers persuasion will not be wanting to hear has now been announced.

Blake Griffin, the very popular Clippers Forward has pulled out of the upcoming FIBA World Cup on doctors orders.

He was advised by doctors to pull out of the tournament in order to give an injury he apparently suffered while playing for the Clippers more time to heal.

Griffin is said to have suffered a small fracture in his back while on duty for the Clippers in last season's play-offs.

Sources close to the situation have claimed that Griffin's injury has prevented him from representing his country at the upcoming tournament and he has now become the second big name to pull out of Team USA.

Not the first

Griffin now joins Minnesota Timberwolves Forward Kevin Love who has already pulled out of the world cup with an undefined reason.

Trade rumours have been surrounding Love since June with many different teams being mentioned as a possible location for the Minnesota Forward.

Team USA have yet to confirm exactly why Love left the training camp but in a statement released, they claimed that he was unable to participate "because of his current status."

Without doubt, the trade rumours around Love are big distraction for himself and I'm sure Minnesota fans were hoping the tournament would see them stop if only for a little while.

Both Griffin and Love withdrawing from the team leaves them weakened at the front of the court but as a replacement, they have called up Paul Milsap of the Atlanta Hawks.

Another blow for Los Angeles

It has been a very bad off-season for the fans, players and the entire LA Clippers franchise as they have been constantly surrounded by controversy.

Of course the big story in Los Angeles has been the tale of Donald Sterling - the former Clippers owner who was recording making racist remarks.

From there, it lead to speculation about players and staff wanting to strike in protest of their disgraced owner.

Other NBA players began showing their support for the Clippers players by wearing their warm-up attire inside out.

Sterling was banned from the NBA for life and given a huge fine before a huge legal battle would ensue surrounding the future of the Clippers.

On Monday a judge ruled against Sterling and it now appears that the sale of the franchise will go ahead.

Clippers fans have had a lot of heartache this off-season and will now surely be hoping that Griffin is back for the new season.

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