Kevin Durant and Kevin Love have already committed to the 2016 Olympic team, while LeBron James has said that he is unlikely to suit up for Team USA again. It seems that the return of coach Mike Krzyzewski is enough to convince one of the best point guards in the NBA to join his fellow countrymen once again in three years.
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.
Paul will be 31 when the 2016 Olympics, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, take place. He will still likely be a major piece for the team, despite a strong crop of young and talented point guards that includes Derrick Rose,Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry.
The Los Angeles Clippers guard already has two Olympic gold medals to his name, winning the basketball tournament in 2008 and 2012.
Team USA held a minicamp this week to look at some of the younger up-and-coming stars of the league as early preparation for the FIBA World Cup which will take place in 2014.