Anthony Davis to replace Blake Griffin on Team USA

Anthony Davis, this year's No. 1 overall pick, replaces the injured Blake Griffin on Team USA. (US Presswire)

When Blake Griffin went down with what the Clippers have announced as a tear of the mensicus in his knee, Team USA knew they had to add a big. They'd already gone light down low with their roster, they couldn't afford to go any more shallow with bigs. But instead of DeMarcus Cousins, they chose No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 Draft, Anthony Davis

Davis hardly practiced the first two days because of an ankle injury and was left off the final cuts. He took Griffin's place in Las Vegas for Team USA's exhibition romp over the Dominican Republic. But there was no word whether he'd be an official Team USA member with Griffin out for the Olympics. 

Jerry Colangelo told reporters after the game Thursday that once Blake Griffin withdraws from Team USA, the team would add Davis. 

The Unibrow is going to London.

Davis will get a chance to play alongside the world's best and earn his NBA superstar stripes early. He'll see the best of the best up close and personal and witness their intensity and work ethic. And he'll get to see the world and represent his country. It's a shame for Griffin, who despite all the dunk jokes, really was a worthy addition. But for Davis, it's a huge honor and fasttracks him toward superstardom. Already an Olympian, already a contributor, already a star. 

That said, get ready to carry some bags, rook. 

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