The 29-year-old was slated to join the USA Basketball m…

The 29-year-old was slated to join the USA Basketball men’s team in London in 2012, but a torn meniscus in his left knee forced him to withdraw. In 2014, as the United States was preparing for the FIBA World Cup tournament in Spain, hoping to secure an automatic bid to the 2016 Olympics, Griffin pulled out in July for what he told The Athletic was a lingering knee issue that needed to be addressed. “He was very much in the mix of making a couple of teams and injuries at the very last moment took him out,” USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo said following the announcement.
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October 17, 2018 | 9:34 pm EDT Update
The Detroit Pistons used their opening night at Little Caesars Arena to pay a final tribute to a fallen legend. Before the player introductions for Wednesday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, public address announcer John Mason introduced Pistons legend Isiah Thomas. The Basketball Hall of Famer stood by a microphone and read a statement about Aretha Franklin, the legendary singer from metro Detroit who died this summer.
“The Detroit Pistons family and I were deeply saddened by the recent passing of a true Detroit icon. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was a shining symbol of this great city. She represented us all with dignity, style, grace and beauty,” Thomas said. After Thomas was finished, all but one spotlight shone on center court, with one microphone and stand. Then, a recording of Franklin’s national anthem played at LCA as the Fox Sports Detroit telecast showed a video montage.
October 17, 2018 | 8:47 pm EDT Update
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