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Michael Phelps lost money to Barack Obama in golf, actor says

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Michael Phelps lost $700 to former president Barack Obama in a recent golf trip with Olympic basketball player Chris Paul and actor Anthony Anderson, Anderson said on “The Tonight Show” on Thursday night.

“[Obama] talked trash all day and took all of our money,” Anderson said. “He’s a great golfer, man. Doesn’t hit the ball long off the tee, but he’s straight as an arrow, man, 220, 230 yards every time.

“He took $700 from Phelps. He took $600 from Chris Paul. He took $300 from me. I was like, man, is this even right? Can you take money from civilians? He was like, ‘Anthony, I’m a civilian now, so, yes, I can take it.'”

Phelps has been an avid golfer during both of his retirements.

In his 2012-13 retirement, Phelps worked with famous instructor Hank Haney on his own Golf Channel show and sank the longest televised putt in history.

In the last year, Phelps played in a celebrity match at the Ryder Cup and a pro-am at the Waste Management Open. He followed good friend Jordan Spieth during the first round of the PGA Championship on Thursday.

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Chris Paul will return to Olympics for his son, Michael Phelps says

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Chris Paul didn’t play at the Rio Olympics in part to spend time with his family. Turns out, his son may have wanted it the other way.

Last week, Michael Phelps said an unnamed basketball player told him that the player’s son asked the player why he wasn’t playing ball at the Olympics this year.

“Daddy, how come you weren’t there this time?” Phelps said on The Dan Patrick Show. “I think he is going to go back and play at the Games for that reason.”

In this week’s Sports Illustrated, Phelps revealed that the player was Paul, the Los Angeles Clippers point guard who played in 2008 and 2012.

“I played golf with Chris Paul in September,” Phelps said, according to the magazine. “He didn’t go to Rio, and he told me, ‘Wait until your son is old enough and he says, ‘Daddy, why aren’t you out there?’ Chris said when he didn’t go this time, his son was asking him every day why he wasn’t there.”

Paul will be 35 years old come Tokyo 2020, which will be older than any previous U.S. Olympic men’s basketball player except for Jason Kidd in 2008 and Larry Bird in 1992.

In March, Paul mentioned his son’s interest in the Olympics. Chris Jr. is now 7 years old.

“Just a few days ago, little Chris asked me, ‘Daddy, will you play in the Olympics again?'” Paul said, according to SI. “Part of me wanted to say yes, because he’s never been part of it. But I told him, ‘I want to spend more time with you.'”

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U.S. can choose from 4 point guards without Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, John Wall

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USA Basketball is now down three point guards from its original list of 30 finalists for the Olympic team of 12 players that is expected to be announced in June.

NBA MVP Stephen Curry followed two-time Olympic champion Chris Paul‘s withdrawal from consideration on Monday. The Wizards’ John Wall, a point guard like Curry and Paul, is also not expected to be able to play due to knee surgery.

Who else is left?

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder (2012 Olympian, 2010 FIBA World Cup)
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers (2014 FIBA World Cup)
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers (an addition to the finalists list in February)

The U.S. sent three point guards to the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics, and with the same head coach and officials in place for Rio, it would be expected three will be on this year’s roster.

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