Chris Paul withdraws from Rio Olympics
All-Star point guard from L.A. Clippers decides to spend more time with his family
According to Lee Jenkins of SI.com and picked up by several media outlets including CBSSports.com on Tuesday, the 30 year old has garnered lots of wear and tear during an interesting 11 year NBA playing career.
But consider the fact that his wife Jada gave birth to son Chris Jr. shortly after the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and their daughter Camryn came into the world after Chris helped Team USA romp to an expected gold medal at the 2012 London Games.
Bottom line, his NBA career is not ending. He will be basically recharging the batteries while his son practice in the basketball gym and Little League should keep him plenty busy.
As far what direction Team USA goes on the depth chart after Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City, Stephen Curry of Golden State, and fellow NBA All-Star in Kyrie Irving should be virtual locks to make the team–names like Damian Lilliard and John Wall have surfaced as a possible fourth option at point guard.
However, here is another name that I would like to throw out there and would be a nice fit. In addition, he is a really hard worker both on the court and in the gym. Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls can do almost everything, especially in creating his own shot. He exudes a lot of passion too as a player that is all heart and very little ego, even though Chicago has been scuffling during the last two months and more than likely will miss out on the playoffs. This should give him ample time to impress the brass and hopefully earn a spot for Rio come the exhibition games by the middle of the summer.
Considering also that Team USA will not have the services of Anthony Davis to clean up on the rebounding end, a gold medal come August may be a bit more difficult to come by than originally thought.