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Jerry Colangelo: Performance, conditioning important for Team USA players

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin's chance of participating in the Rio Olympics hasn't been jeopardized by his injuries or his suspension for punching a team staff member.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo declined to discuss specific NBA players when asked about Griffin's status on Wednesday.

"I don't think we have any issues with any of our players regarding personal conduct," he said. "People can have opinions of what a player did or didn't do or how we respond to something, [but] many of them are still pretty young guys, subject to making mistakes. We all make mistakes, and so I don't judge people based on that."

The Clippers condemned Griffin's behavior while suspending him four games and docking him five games' pay totaling $859,442 for his altercation with the team's assistant equipment manager at a Toronto restaurant on Jan. 23. The forward is recovering from a broken hand. Griffin had been out since Dec. 26 with a partially torn left quadriceps tendon when the punchout occurred.

Colangelo said a player's past performance, his physical conditioning and how he's performed during the current season would be taken into consideration when selecting the 12-man team between June 26 and June 28.