Paul Unlikely to Play for U.S. Team in Summer
Posted Apr 23 2007 10:47PM
OKLAHOMA CITY, April 23 (AP)-- New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul had a screw inserted in his left foot Monday and will likely be unable to train with the U.S. basketball team this summer.
Paul's agent, Lance Young, said the former Rookie of the Year was to have a follow-up visit with doctors on Tuesday after having the screw inserted in his fifth metatarsal.
Paul had been playing through a stress reaction for the final month of the season, and had the procedure done five days after the end of the regular season.
Hornets spokesman Scott Hall said there were no complications with the procedure.
Young said Paul would be on crutches for a couple weeks and then wear a boot on the foot. The injury is expected to sideline Paul for six to eight weeks.
Young expected Paul to travel to Las Vegas in July to be with his U.S. teammates as they train for the FIBA Americas tournament in August. However, Paul isn't expected to play.
Paul started six of the national team's nine games at the world championships last summer, averaging 7.0 points and a team-high 4.9 assists.
He averaged 17.3 points, 8.9 assists and 1.84 steals last season for the Hornets.
"He has, as we do, great respect for USA basketball and feels its a huge honor to be a part of that,'' Hornets general manager Jeff Bower said last week. "He also obviously is concerned with his commitment to the Hornets and the effects of that participation following a surgery. We will have to take a look at that later in the summer after we see how the pace of his recovery and how that all unfolded.''
Young said the injury was a result of Paul playing "nonstop'' for the past four to five years, and he would be "very cautious'' to prevent further injury. He said doctors warned Paul could suffer a similar injury to his right foot if he didn't give the bones time to rest.
Paul left Wake Forest after his sophomore year and was the No. 4 overall draft pick in the 2005 NBA draft. He sat out only one game last season after tearing a ligament in his right thumb, and he missed three games with bruised ribs.
He was out for a month this season after spraining his right ankle.
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