Chris Paul will not feature in 2016 Rio Olympics. The Los Angeles Clippers star has withdrawn himself from Team USA citing physical fatigue.
“Just a few days ago, Little Chris asked me, ‘Daddy, will you play in the Olympics again?” Paul said of his son’s queries. “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.’”
Since Christmas, Paul had to take a greater role for the Clippers in the absence of All-star Blake Griffin. Paul has averaged 33.2 minutes per game in this season’s league.
“I feel my body telling me that I could use the time,” senior point-guard Paul added, according to Real GM. In his absence also, 30-year-old Paul is quite confident about Team USA’s point-guard position for the Rio games.
“Of course, you’ll have Steph (Curry) and those guys,” Paul said. “Someone else I think would be great is Kyle Lowry. I love watching him play. You need that grit.”
Paul is currently averaging 20 points, 10 assists and 2 steals for the Clippers this season. Griffin has been ruled out due to an injured quadriceps and then broke his hand in a fight. He won’t return until April 3, and Paul has to shoulder a heavy load for Los Angeles, according to the Yahoo Sports. He’s preparing the ground for handling the responsibilities for his NBA side. The Clippers at this point are in a situation that they could comfortably enter April as the league’s fourth best team.