Pistons star Blake Griffin undergoes left knee surgery
Marc Stein of The New York Times reported the news.
Pistons announce that Blake Griffin underwent arthroscopic surgery today on his left knee … pic.twitter.com/RXXS28BaCp
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 25, 2019
Griffin, 30, had one of his healthiest seasons since the early stages of his career – appearing in 75 games this year for the Pistons. He notched his best scoring campaign in his nine NBA seasons, with 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
The six-time All-Star’s history of injury runs fairly deep. He’s been plagued with knee issues from the moment he entered the league as the top overall selection, missing his entire rookie year in 2009. And he found himself bogged down again this postseason.
The Pistons were recently trounced in four games by the No. 1 seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, where Griffin played in just the final two games.
He gave them a fighting chance against Giannis Antetokounmpo-driven Bucks, though he didn’t seem to be near 100 percent.
“Blake played his heart out with basically one leg and he gave everything he could to our team,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said, per NBA.com. “He fought a lot of pain, swelling just so he could support his teammates. I think we were in sixth place when he started experiencing the pain and swelling but he kept with it. Kept playing until he couldn’t play any more. He gave everything he could to our team. We owe him a lot as far as what he gives us, the leadership he gave to the young players.”
Griffin will embark on his offseason training, as originally intended.
He looks to be a full-go for the 2019-20 season with the Pistons.