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Blake Griffin not joining U.S. team

Updated: July 24, 2014, 8:40 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Clippers forward Blake Griffin will not participate on the USA Basketball men's national team this summer, he announced Thursday.

Griffin was one of 19 players selected to the U.S. roster from which the 2014 World Cup of Basketball team will be selected.

"I appreciate the invitation to play for Team USA this summer," Griffin said in a statement. "It is a special opportunity anytime you have a chance to represent your country, and I was honored to be included. However, ...

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