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Chris Paul withdraws from USA Basketball consideration, per report

Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul eliminated his name from consideration for USA Basketball in the 2016 Summer Olympics, according to SI.com.

The Clippers guard will not join Team USA in Rio de Janeiro, because he said his body is telling him he needs the time off.

The nine-time NBA All-Star contributed more than a decade to USA Basketball, as Paul was on the squad that lost to Greece at the 2006 World Championship in Japan.

Paul even played on a North team at the Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, Col, when he was in high school.

USA Basketball redeemed itself with Paul as a leader on the 2008 and 2012 teams which won gold in the Olympics.

The announcement could end Paul’s international career. The 10-year-pro said he had a hard time remembering a summer where he was not dealing with injury or playing for Team USA.

This season Paul averages 19.9 points and 9.8 assists in 33.2 minutes with the Clippers. Paul is one of the reasons the team ranks No. 4 in the Western Conference, despite star forward Blake Griffin being out with injury since December.

 

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