Blake Griffin says he tore tendons, ligaments in his foot
The injury that knocked Los Angeles Clippers big man Blake Griffin out for the postseason was apparently much more severe than a simple toe bruise.
In an appearance on the “Pardon My Take” podcast on Tuesday, Griffin opened up about the season-ending injury he suffered in Game 3 of the Clippers’ first-round series with the Utah Jazz.
“That was, like, an adding insult to injury type of thing,” said the former No. 1 overall pick. “When I first came out, I didn’t know what was wrong with it. We went to get X-rays, and the X-rays were fine. So I was gonna try to go back in before our doctor was like, ‘Ah, that’s not a good idea.’ So they were like, ‘Alright, just say he has a bruised toe.’
“So after getting all my tests and stuff and all that, I ended up tearing tendons and ligaments in the bone of my foot,” Griffin continued. “And then we just kinda left it out there that it was a bruise.”
Griffin also said in the interview he had surgery on the foot about a week ago.
With the five-time All-Star out of the lineup, the Clippers fell to the Jazz in seven games, sending the team (and Griffin in particular) into an uncertain summer. Griffin can become an unrestricted free agent if he turns down his $21.4 million player option for 2017-18, but this latest add-on to his lengthy injury history may just cost him a max-salary offer or two on the open market.
H/T NBA Reddit