2016 Rio Olympics

Chris Paul withdraws from Team USA

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CP3 won’t be joining Team USA in this year’s Rio Olympics in Brazil.

In an article that came out in Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Clippers guard announced Monday that he is withdrawing from being considered for the Team USA roster for this year’s Rio Olympics. “I feel my body telling me that I could use the time,” Paul said.

Paul has been with Team USA for more than a decade now winning two gold medals in 2008 and 2012, respectively. During his Olympic stint, he has averaged 8.1 points, 4.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game. However, CP3 has expanded his body much during the current NBA season due to the injury of his teammate Blake Griffin since December 2015.

With Griffin on the sidelines, CP3 has carried the Clippers on his back for much of the season. He averaged 19.9 points and 9,8 assists in 33.2 minutes. He accounted for nearly half of the Clippers assists while keeping the team fourth in the Western Conference. ESPN even suggested that he has been the “most important offensive player in the NBA” in the past three months due to the wild disparity in the Clippers production when he is on and off the court.

The Olympics has been synonymous with some of the most important milestones in his life. His wife, Jada, became pregnant with their son, Chris Jr, right after the 2008 Olympics and gave birth to their daughter, Camryn, right after the 2012 Games.

Chris Paul is playing in his 11th season in the NBA. With an average of 33.1 minutes per game this season, he ranks 10th among point guards. The Clippers have a record of 44-24 records with him on the floor and went 29-14 since Blake Griffin got injured in late December.

Despite the withdrawal of CP3, Team USA still has a formidable roster of point guards. They still have Mike Conley of the Grizzlies, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, and Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving. John Wall, Russel Westbrook, and Damian Lillard could also compete for roster spots. The final 12 players will be announced this summer.

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