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CHRIS PAUL WITHDRAWS FROM 2016 USA MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM CONTENTION

CHRIS PAUL WITHDRAWS FROM 2016 USA MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM CONTENTION
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.