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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Washington Wizards point guard John Wall underwent procedures on both of his knees, the team announced Thursday, clouding his chance of making the U.S. Olympic team.
Wall is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 NBA season in late October, but the team made no mention of if Wall could progress fast enough to be ready for a potential Olympic debut in Rio in early August.
The U.S. is already without its 2012 Olympic starting point guard, Chris Paul, who withdrew from team consideration in March.
The 12-man Olympic team is expected to be announced in late June.
If Wall is also out, that leaves USA Basketball to choose from this list of point guards among the roster pool finalists:
Russell Westbrook — 2012 Olympian
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Washington Wizards star John Wall and former presidential candidates Bob Dole and Howard Dean appeared in a promotional video published by a group hoping to bring the 2024 Olympics to Washington, D.C.
Wizards players Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr., the Washington Capitals’ John Carlson (a Sochi Olympian) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich are also in the 2-minute, 30-second spot.
Washington is vying for a possible U.S. 2024 Olympic bid with Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The U.S. Olympic Committee is expected to decide if it will bid on the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday and, if it moves forward, pick a city within another 60 days.
Los Angeles is the only city of the four that previously hosted an Olympics, in 1932 an 1984.
A group hoping to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston also unveiled a new promo video late Tuesday.
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