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Friday, July 13, 2012
Trending: Griffin, Team USA, movie night

By Bill Speros
Special to ESPN.com

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin won't be playing in the Olympics due to a torn meniscus in his left knee. He's expected to be ready in time for the season. Get-well wishes came from friend and foe:

Man I hope my bro @blakegriffin has a speedy recovery!!!!!

— James Harden (@JHarden13) July 13, 2012


The talk wasn't so loving between, Kobe Bryant and Kyrie Irving, after the two agreed to a $50,000 one-on-one challenge following a recent Team USA training session.



At Thursday night's 113-59 exhibition victory in Las Vegas, some fans were confident in Griffin's replacement on Team USA's roster:

Some fans showing support for Anthony Davis during USA Basketball's victory over the Dominican Republic!instagr.am/p/NAasebDYOL/

— New Orleans Hornets (@Hornets) July 13, 2012

From New Orleans Hornets via Instagram


The game's MVP took to Twitter:

Great win to finish off our time in Vegas. Had lots of fun out there with my teammates. #TeamUSA

— Andre Iguodala (@mindofAI9) July 13, 2012


Nets point guard Deron Williams had some travel plans after the victory:

Great to get back on the court today Fun playing competitive basketball again #USA!Wheels up to Brooklyn, NY for my press conference

— Deron Williams (@DeronWilliams) July 13, 2012


This potential candidate for Team USA 2016 had his eyes on the action:

Watching the USA boys start their run to the Gold. Had good times in 2010 but this looks way more hype lol

— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) July 13, 2012


As far as the ongoing argument over which U.S. Olympic team was better, 1992 or 2012, Magic Johnson hopes to have the final tweet:

The 1992 Dream Team had 11 HOFs, 23 champ rings & the greatest player of all time in Jordan. No chance this years team would take us.

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) July 12, 2012



Elsewhere, the New York Mets have been showing fans at Citi Field how this high-tech catcher will catch base stealers in the not-to-distant future. Digital Domain Media Group posted the video on You Tube:




For Kentucky coach John Calipari, the road to another national title never ends:

Okay #BBN, I'm getting on an airplane right now and flying to the east coast to start recruiting tomorrow morning. #WeAreUK

— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 13, 2012


Basketball players aren't the only Americans getting ready for London. A few gold-medal favorites in the pool enjoyed some downtime with their own mini-movie night. Lochte's review, via his blog: "Not the best movie, but it was great company."

Thanks @ryanlochte & @Cullen_Jones for letting me crash your dinner & movie night. Sushi & "Savages". instagr.am/p/NASBqThD5S/

— Natalie Coughlin (@NatalieCoughlin) July 13, 2012

From Natalie Coughlin via Instagram


In much sadder news, tragedy struck at the Calgary Stampede on Thursday when a crash claimed three horses:

An emotional Chad Harden talks of tonight's chuckwagon tragedy. bit.ly/LdAsFQ @Stampede100 #yyc

— Calgary Sun (@calgarysun) July 13, 2012


For the first time in two months, Curt Schilling was on Twitter talking just baseball. He raised the subject of the 160-inning limit being placed on Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg:

All IP are not created equal. This Strasburg thing is going to come back and kill them. Conserve IP now? Hurt your pen, possibly lose games.

— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) July 13, 2012


Boston Celtics fans have not had much to cheer about this offseason with the departure of Ray Allen to Miami. But this tweet from the team might give them a little reason to smile:

Congratulations ladies! RT @CelticsDancers: Meet a few of the new @CelticsDancers - Celtics.com Photo Gallery: on.nba.com/LjEqBp

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 13, 2012

If you see any offbeat and fresh newsy links from your favorite sports site that might be of interest to others, pass them along to me @billsperos or bsperos1@gmail.com.