Chris Paul likely returning to Team USA due to Coach K
The two-time gold medal winner told ESPN's Jeff Goodman he's leaning towards suiting up in Rio de Janeiro three years from now, thanks to the Duke coach:
"If it had been another coach than Coach K, I was prepared to be done."
One of the best players in the NBA, Paul powers a Clippers team looking to win its first NBA title next season. He'll be 31 years old when the 2016 Olympics roll around, but Goodman says Paul should still be an integral part of Team USA despite a stacked group of point guards.
When Paul initially indicated he wouldn't participate in the next Olympic cycle, speculation quickly began regarding which top young guard would replace him. On a team that could potentially include Paul, Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook, finding minutes for so many point guards could be a fun challenge for Coach K.
With LeBron James likely hanging up his Team USA jersey, Paul could conceivably become the first NBA player to ever win three gold medals in the Olympics. He was watching the Team USA intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas on Thursday night, presumably sizing up some of his possible teammates for the big event in Rio.
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