The Los Angeles Clippers today announced that All-Star point guard Chris Paul underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. The injury occurred last month during Team USA training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Steven Shin, a hand specialist at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

Paul is expected to be sidelined for approximately eight weeks, at which time he is projected to resume all basketball activities including full contact.

It was August 12, 2005, nearly seven weeks into the offseason.

The Clippers had agreed to terms with guard Cuttino Mobley nine days earlier. And as the league headed into what is often one of the slowest months of the year, the Clippers’ roster was taking shape.

They had a promising nucleus of Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, and Chris Kaman. They had recent lottery picks Shaun Livingston and Chris Wilcox, and were adding Mobley to a group that improved by nine wins from the previous year.

Chris Paul and Team USA could finally celebrate.

As the buzzer sounded on their 107-100 victory over Spain in Sunday’s championship game at the Summer Games, the team came together in a circle and cut loose for a few seconds.

It was the second consecutive gold medal for the United States (8-0) and Paul, who also became the first player to win gold as a member of the Clippers.