Clippers’ Chris Paul undergoes thumb surgery
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul underwent surgery to
repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, an injury that occurred
last month before he played for the U.S. in the London
The team said Paul had the surgery Tuesday and he is expected to
be sidelined for eight weeks. That means the All-Star guard
wouldn’t resume basketball activities until mid-October. The
Clippers open the season on Oct. 31 against Memphis.
The Clippers said Paul got hurt during the U.S. training camp in
Las Vegas. Despite the injury, he went on to lead the U.S. men’s
team to a gold medal in London. Paul started all eight games in the
Olympics, averaging 8.3 points, 5.1 assists and a tournament-best
Paul is the second Clippers star to have surgery this summer.
All-Star forward Blake Griffin had arthroscopic surgery on July 16
to repair the medial meniscus tear of his left knee that he
suffered while training with the U.S. team. The injury forced him
to miss the Olympics, but he is expected to be ready for the start
of the season.