USA Basketball: Anthony Davis Called to Report to Team USA After Griffin Injury

Michael DulkaContributor IJuly 12, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 28:  Anthony Davis of the Kentucky Wildcats looks on after he was selected number one overall by the New Orleans Hornets during the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at Prudential Center on June 28, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. 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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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Team USA took a blow today as Blake Griffin reportedly, according to Adrian Wojnarowksi, twisted his knee at practice. Anthony Davis was called to report to camp as a replacement for Griffin.

USA Basketball has summoned Anthony Davis to report to Las Vegas for training camp immediately, sources tell Y! Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2012

 A significant injury to Griffin would be a big blow to Team USA as the team is already missing big men to injury. They are weak in the front court with Tyson Chandler and Kevin Love as the team's big men without Griffin.

It will be interesting to see Davis compete with the team and see if he can earn playing time. The transition could be tough as Davis hasn't competed against pro-level players like this on a big stage.

The Olympic games could be more challenging now for the US as they don't have the bodies to guard Spain's size. The Gasol brothers, Pau and Marc, will certainly create even more matchup problems for the US, who will likely have to use Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James at the four position. 

Davis is by far the youngest player on the team, but he may be asked to contribute very quickly. More will play out in the next few days, as Griffin is expected to get an MRI. The knee injured is the one he had problems with during the season, making this injury even more potentially problematic.