Report: LaMarcus Aldridge withdraws from Olympic consideration due to hand injury

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LaMarcus Aldridge once delayed hand surgery to keep playing.

He’s not playing through that pain again this summer.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

I never considered Aldridge more than a fringe Team USA hopeful, anyway. He’s on the wrong side of 30 and plays for the Spurs, who’ve led the push for valuing rest. He has also had a rocky history with USA Basketball.

The Americans’ player pool is narrowing but not near the point they’d be considered anything less than huge favorites to win gold in Rio.