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Team USA Basketball: Chris Paul Looks For Back-to-Back Gold Medals

Chris Paul had a rather interesting offseason last year. He was almost a Laker with fellow Olympian Kobe Bryant until David Stern came crashing in with an iron fist in one of the most bizarre NBA rulings in a while.

Instead, Paul got shipped off to the Los Angeles Clipper where he combined with would-be-Olympian-if-not-injured Blake Griffin for a constant highlight reel display. In the process, he had yet another stellar Chris Paul year that showcases why he is one of the best point guards in the nation, if not the world. Paul averaged 19.8 points, 9.1 assists, and 2.5 steals a game while shooting 47.8% from the field.

Paul was a member of the 2008 Olympics team that took the gold, averaging 8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists over the course of the eight games. He scored 14 points and registered 8 assists against Spain.

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