Los Angeles Clippers: Olympics

Chris Paul reconsiders Olympic role

July, 27, 2013
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LAS VEGAS -- 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.

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Three Clippers are Olympic finalists

January, 16, 2012
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LOS ANGELES – Three members of the Los Angeles Clippers were named finalists for the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team on Monday, tying them with the Miami Heat for the most players on the roster.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin was a new addition to a roster that had previously included the Clippers’ starting backcourt of Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups.

“It’s an honor for me,” Griffin said. “I hope I get a chance to play but there are a lot of guys who deserve to be on that team. It’s honor to be in that group and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

Griffin said it would be a dream to be on the Olympic team that will play in London this summer and has already talked to USA coach Mike Krzyzewski about the experience of playing for Team USA.

“I’ve talked to several guys, including Coach K and the main common thing is how much pride you have for your country,” Griffin said. “It’s much, much, much bigger than yourself and getting to be a part of that is special.”

Billups said being on the Olympic team is perhaps the one thing missing from his career after missing out on the 2008 Olympics for “family reasons.” He was a key member of the gold medal winning teams in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship and the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

“It’s an awesome honor,” Billups said. “One of the last goals I had in my career was to be able to play in the Olympics and to be a finalist is definitely and honor and we’ll see how it goes.

Billups said he hopes Griffin will be on the roster that goes to London because it would help him continue develop his game. Many of the players on the 2010 World Championship team went on to have career seasons when they returned.

“I think it would be great for Blake to experience that,” Billups said. “I don’t know how much USA basketball experience he has growing up but this level is certainly much different and he’ll be playing with a lot of other great players and I think he’ll grow a lot in a month of basketball.”

-- Arash Markazi

London Calling on the Clippers

January, 15, 2012
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USA Basketball will announce the finalists for the 2012 men's basketball Olympic team Monday afternoon. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are virtual locks to make the team. A source with knowledge of the process confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com Sunday that Griffin's spot is secure.

It'll be interesting to see if Chauncey Billups is on the preliminary roster as well, and if so, if he'll be asked to play shooting guard as he did with USA Basketball at the World Championships in 2010.

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