USA Basketball: Paul Suffers Thumb Injury

LAS VEGAS – It only took one practice for USA Basketball’s most fierce opponent this summer to deliver another blow.

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul had to leave the first practice of training camp here Friday to get an X-ray after hurting his right thumb. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo called the injury a tweak of a previous injury and Paul could be on the practice floor Saturday.

With all of the injury defections — Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and Derrick Rose for starters — the idea of losing Paul or any of the other 15 finalists vying for one of the spots on the 12-man roster that will head to London for the Olympics is not a pleasant thought for Colangelo.

It’ll probably take more than a tender thumb to keep Paul off of that 12-man group. The team will be announced Saturday night in a live USA Basketball Selection Show special on NBA TV at 7 p.m. ET.

Paul wasn’t the only star absent from the action in the first workout. LeBron James didn’t participate in the scrimmage, grabbing a little extra rest after nabbing MVP honors in The Finals just a couple of weeks ago. Deron Williams, the Brooklyn Nets free agent prize still hasn’t signed his five-year, $98 million deal. Hornets forward and No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Davis is still nursing a sprained ankle he suffered earlier this week and was held out of the action.

Still, there are decisions that have to be made by Saturday night. Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, James Harden and Davis are all vying for spots on the 12-man roster as well.

“You could build a case for each of the contenders if you will, depending on what you want,” Colangelo said. “It’s like a menu: Another shooter, it’s Eric Gordon. You want a scoring guard, it’s Harden. You want a defensive specialist, it’s Iguodala. You want another guy with length who can shoot the ball and run the court, it’s Rudy Gay.”

40 Comments

  1. JEFFREY CATAINA ANGELES says:

    I suggest to let Kyrie Irving join USA team…

  2. The Voice says:

    Yes, Rondo turned it down. :)

  3. SUPOTCKOBE says:

    tang ina bobo nmn si kobe!

  4. Dieter says:

    It’s not difficult at all:
    Just drop Davis because he never played a game against profession bbal players.
    Drop Melo because he wasn’t good last year + his defence is pathetics.
    Drop Eric Gordon: Not sure why the hell he is on the list !

    Didn’t Garnett, Rondo, Bynum, Zebo & Duncan want to play for the olympic team?
    Garnett at center with Lebron at PF would’ve been insane.
    But I think a starting line-up of D-Will, Iggy, Durant, Lebron, Chandler will be enough for the gold medal.

  5. theWHITEmamba says:

    why is brian scalabrine not on the roster? his 3 point shooting abilities are incredible, he has a deadly crossover, his post up moves will slaughtar ya down low and he clogs the key blocking shots like a beast, when he goes throw it down everyone ducks for cover. scalabrine is more than human , he is the white mamba!

  6. Alex says:

    CORD…….. Kobe would be your starting point guard over chris paul!? This is why you aren’t the coach.

  7. cp3 says:

    cp3-best point guard in the NBA!!!!!

  8. david_stern_sackz_my_dhick says:

    usa basketball team should get the choker dexter pittman

  9. david_stern_sackz_my_dhick says:

    manila boy bobo ka s abasketball

  10. Maka kobe says:

    Doesn’t matter all those injuries as long as kobe is there

  11. Ariel says:

    Im still trying to figure out why the hell isnt Rondo on Team USA .. Its obvious they need him. Did he turn it down or something??

  12. ko0kie says:

    I think you can have LeBron, Durant, Melo, Gay and Iggy on the team… Melo always has played the 4 on team usa.. and LeBron and Durant can do the same..

    My Roster:

    -Paul, Williams, (Westbrook)
    -Kobe, Gordon, Harden
    -Gay, (Iggy), Durant, LeBron
    -Love, Griffin
    -Chandler

    I can’t choose between Iggy and Westbrook.. Iggy is a great defender and could help the team in many ways.. it’s hard to imagine he could hurt the team. Westbrook on the other side has a lot of upside… but [..] you know (:
    and Team USA doesn’t necessarily need another ballhandler.. they already have Paul, Williams, Harden, LeBron, Kobe..

  13. Eduard says:

    The best man at 06 and 08 for team USA was Carmelo Anthony!
    So, starting five: Guards: CP3, Kobe Forwards: LeBron, Melo Center: Tyson.
    Second team: D-Will, Eric Gordon, KD, Iggy, Love.
    The other two guys should be Rudy Gay and Westbrook.

  14. Dan says:

    no rondo??????no kg?????

  15. Fefe (Nets) says:

    Rudy Gay should be there

  16. ManilaBoyIsGay says:

    Tangina mo ManilaBoy pokpok nanay mo!

  17. D'Wade says:

    Manila boy… ulol

  18. Sean Master says:

    What the heck? Anthony Davis getting injured? Did he already play in the NBA? LMFAO

  19. Rondo's Apprentice says:

    If only dwight ended up in boston..

  20. Troll says:

    Davis and Gordon stays. I like Iggy but we have Melo and LeBron. Gordon backs Kobe.

  21. NashFan says:

    Anthony Davis should be in the roster.. i mean i know he has not played international or any NBA games but the kid has some serious shot blocking ability and without Dwigh Howard we defntly need a Shot blocking center

    • dattebayo says:

      AD is only 6’10”, just because he blocked so many shots from penetrating guards in college doesn’t mean he has the same defensive presence in the NBA or at the FIBA Olympics.

  22. Garnet says:

    God sake the guys too old to decide what makes him happy! place it here for ray allen to miami.. its his life not ur’s.. Let him stay wherever he wants to play with! Its true that celtics cant win in the next 2 years.. Miami has a brighter future there!

    And for that bulls fan hu has no brain! give it up fool! even if that Rose of urs is healthy or lets say 120% healthy! you guys cant win championship? You cant even win the pacers im sure! Do u even have hal a brain there? You btr than OKC?? When did it happen??? fucn! they lost bosh along the way but miami climb back still! u guys lost rose u looked paralized!!

  23. Jordan says:

    Paragraph three is an incomplete sentence.

  24. DAYVON IS A BEAST says:

    eric gordan or igoudala

    • cord says:

      agreed rudy gay if someone else goes down

      • cord says:

        they will proably take gordon cuz he was great at the world championship and they need another 2 behind kobe with no wade SF is good unless they decide to move james to the 4 durant at the three then idk what they will do because who plays center/pf love blake both to small for center i guess but it is euro blake at center because his strengh and jumping ability love at pf james at sf durant at the 2 (yes i said it) chris paul 6th man is yes Kobe and im saying this and im a die hard laker(kobe) fan but he would be out their like a starter anyways especially when james runs point from time to time

        mind my spelling right now computer tripping and im rushing this