All-Star guard and recent Olympic gold medal winner, Chris Paul, may be sidelined for around eight weeks as he recovers from a surgery. However according to LA Clippers coach Vinny del Negro, Paul will be fine even as the next NBA season will start on October 31.
Del Negro dispelled anxiety among fans on the surgery that Chris Paul underwent recently to deal with the torn ligament on the right thumb. He indicated that Paul will be fine and will be back in action after resting for around eight weeks.
Paul may even return in time for the training camp, which is scheduled to start on October 1. Although he did not specify the return date of the All-Star guard, Del Negro indicated that he will play once he is ready. However he expects Paul to be return while the training camp is ongoing. There may be no specific date but Paul will be ready once the next NBA season starts, Del Negro added.
The thumb of Paul was taped when he played during the Olympics as he played a part in bringing home the gold medal for the United States in Men’s basketball. The injury was aggravated during the first day of training camp for Team USA in Las Vegas. AN X-ray showed that the right thumb, which was initially injured during the NBA playoffs, was sprained.
Aside from Paul, another Clipper star, Blake Griffin, also underwent surgery to repair a torn cartilage on the knee following an injury that he suffered during the practices of Team USA. Del Negro indicated that the surgeries of Paul and Griffin had to be done and it’s time to move on.
Paul averaged nearly 20 points and nine assists per game for the Clippers last season and had a hand in the playoff run of the team.
During the recently-concluded Olympics, Paul averaged 8.3 points and 5.1 assists in the eight games that he played in. The first exhibition game of the Clippers is scheduled on October 6 against Denver while its opening game for the season will be against Memphis on October 31.