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LaMarcus Aldridge will miss the Summer Olympics due to finger injury

LaMarcus Aldridge is choosing not to participate in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio because of a lingering finger injury. The Texas native is the third power forward to decline playing for Team USA.

San Antonio Spurs forward Lamarcus Aldridge will not participate with team USA in the upcoming Summer Olympics because of a lingering finger injury, sources told ESPN.

Aldridge is the fifth player out of the original 31-man player pool who were selected to compete for a spot on the USA basketball roster to decline participation due to injury. The 6'11" forward joins Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (knee), Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (knee), New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (shoulder), and a pair of Los Angeles Clippers players, point guard Chris Paul (hand) and power forward Blake Griffin (knee).

The remaining big men on the original 31-man player pool are Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard, Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried, Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green, Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins, and Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond.

Aldridge averaged 18 points and nine boards this past season, earning him All-NBA Third Team honors. He also played in his fifth NBA All-Star Game. 


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