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Report: Chris Paul changes mind about 2016 Olympics

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09:59 AM ET 07.28 | Chris Paul has changed his mind and is leaning toward playing in the 2016 Olympics. The Los Angeles Clippers point guard, who was on the 2008 and 2012 gold medal teams, said he was leaning heavily toward bypassing the 2016 Games -- until Duke's Mike Krzyzewski announced he was returning to coach the team. "If it had been another coach than Coach K, I was prepared to be done," Paul told ESPN.com. Paul will be 31 when the 2016 Olympics, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, take place. He will still likely be a major piece for the team, despite a strong crop of young and talented point guards that includes Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry. Paul was in Las Vegas coaching his CP3 All-Stars summer league program this week shortly after returning from a trip to China with teammate Blake Griffin and New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. Paul also watched the Team USA intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas Thursday night, which featured nearly 30 of the top young NBA players.

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July 28, 2013  10:02 AM ET

It's still a couple of years away so it's premature to assume that he will participate. I think a lot depends on the success of the Clippers during that time period.

July 28, 2013  10:14 AM ET

He has plenty of time to change his mind.

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July 28, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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gmafb.coach k or no coach k- these guys go for ONE reason- to internationally promote their brandsCP has some lingering knee issues and he should NOT be participating in any international exhibitions that could potentially cause him to ruin his clip career.

gmafb ????





Go meditate and feel better ????

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July 28, 2013  11:23 AM ET

Smart money says his sponsors "suggested" he come aboard.

July 28, 2013  11:24 AM ET
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give me a few beers

lol

July 28, 2013  12:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

gmafb.coach k or no coach k- these guys go for ONE reason- to internationally promote their brandsCP has some lingering knee issues and he should NOT be participating in any international exhibitions that could potentially cause him to ruin his clip career.

I disagree JGB! They do it because of their love for USA. Their product is internationally promoted everytime they play a game. The NBA is being watched worldwide and not just the states. These superstars promote their brand every summer w/out even playing. I know these guys are greedy but don't misjudge them for wanting to play for USA...

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July 28, 2013  12:58 PM ET
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just my opinion....do some of them actually want to compete and win a gold ?of course.but when these guys go out and compete in the olympics- it is FREE advertising for their brand and FREE international media attention/interviews. I will never believe that 'love of country' is their #1 reason

Nah! It's not free advertising at all. In fact they're the ones paying for their advertising by playing for free. That's basically a month of hard labor w/out getting paid. The practices and games can take its toll on the body. Those are sacrifices they are making. They can easily promote their brand every summer w/out playing and at the same time getting paid. And they're treated like royalty...

July 28, 2013  03:07 PM ET
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...I will never believe that 'love of country' is their #1 reason

Reported...


To FN and the CIA.

July 28, 2013  03:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He has plenty of time to change his mind.

Agreed!

July 28, 2013  03:53 PM ET

There are many point guards players, but Chris Paul is one of the best in this moment

July 28, 2013  06:29 PM ET

I guess, getting his team out of the first round is a less pressing issue.

July 28, 2013  08:07 PM ET
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There are many point guards players, but Chris Paul is one of the best in this moment

Because he's taken his team to the final? Or the WCF?
Oh wait that was Parker, Conley, Westbrook, Rondo, Rose doing their thing.

UNLESS Paul can take his team to a finals or close, all this nonsense about him being the best PG must stop. Parker IS the best right now, the results are there to speak.

July 29, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Try To Get A Ring, Bro.

 
July 29, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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Because he's taken his team to the final? Or the WCF?Oh wait that was Parker, Conley, Westbrook, Rondo, Rose doing their thing.UNLESS Paul can take his team to a finals or close, all this nonsense about him being the best PG must stop. Parker IS the best right now, the results are there to speak.

Typical ESPN logic. Parker is where he is because of Duncan. Period. Individual accomplishment is often the result of the people you're surrounded with. Would we be having this discussion if Parker were in Sacramento? I don't think so.

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