After winning Olympic gold in both 2008 and 2012, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul revealed Monday he has removed himself from consideration for Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
According to Lee Jenkins of SI.com, the 30-year-old veteran cited the grind of the NBA season as a primary reason for his decision: "I feel my body telling me that I could use the time."
Per Jenkins, CP3 also took spending additional time with his family under consideration before settling on his international future: "Just a few days ago, Little Chris asked me, 'Daddy, will you play in the Olympics again?' Part of me wanted to say yes, because he's never been part of it. But I told him, 'I want to spend more time with you.'"
Paul has been a key contributor on each of the past two Olympic teams, and his presence will undoubtedly be missed in Brazil.
The nine-time All-Star is enjoying another spectacular season for the Clips with per-game averages of 19.8 points and 9.9 assists.
Paul is perhaps the best distributor in all of basketball, but Team USA has the benefit of depth more so than any other nation in the world.
That means the likes of Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook are likely to take on even greater roles. Paul's absence also opens the door for Kyrie Irving, John Wall, Damian Lillard and others to potentially make the team.
Carmelo Anthony indicated he is "still gung-ho about [the Olympics]," but will need to speak with Paul to be sure his withdrawal is "nothing serious," per Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Losing a player of Paul's ilk would be devastating to any other national team, and while head coach Mike Krzyzewski will certainly have to make some adjustments without CP3 at his disposal, he has enough weapons to help the Americans three-peat as gold-medal winners.
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