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

Olympics.

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

2.5 steals.

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.