Chris Paul now leans toward playing in 2016 Olympics

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

The ball is in Chris Paul's court and the two-time Olympian has changed his mind and now is leaning toward playing in the 2016 Olympics.
The Los Angeles Clippers point guard was instrumental in leading gold-medal winning American squads in 2008 and 2012. He had seriously considered passing the torch to younger point guards like Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving -- 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
Paul will be 31 when the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, take place. As one of the elder statesmen of the American squad, his leadership will be valuable.
LeBron James already has decided not to play in the 2016 games. Paul could become the first NBA player to win three Olympic gold medals.