LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin's NBA debut has been pushed back indefinitely after the Los Angeles Clippers revealed late Monday night that their No. 1 overall draft pick has a broken left kneecap.
The stress fracture could sideline the Oklahoma star for six weeks, the team announced, promising further information Tuesday.
Griffin, who averaged 13.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game during the preseason, won't be in the Clippers' lineup when they face the Lakers in their opener Tuesday night, and he could be out much longer. The Clippers play 20 games in their first six weeks of the regular season.
That really was one of Simmons best columns the last couple of years. Just when you think the Clippers are almost out of the woods, something like this happens. I've heard he might not be able to be much of an impact until after the all star break.
I have no idea if it has ever happened in the NBA but I was at a college game (maybe 10 years ago) where one team ran out of players and they played the last minute or two 5 on 4. Perhaps they have changed the rule since.