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Jerry Colangelo: Paul George will attend USA Basketball minicamp meeting, won’t play

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LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 01: Paul George #29 of the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s National Team warms up before a USA Basketball showcase at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Paul George has stated and restated his desire to play in the 2016 Olympics after his devastating leg injury in preparation for the 2014 World Cup.

So, you better believe the Pacers star will be at USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo’s mandatory minicamp next week.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

I’m a little surprised George won’t play.

He has even more of an assured Olympic spot than LeBron James, who practically has one for the taking. So, George certainly doesn’t need to get on the court.

But he looks healthy, and he’s not coming off a long playoff run or even much of a regular season. The minicamp could help him prepare for 2015-16.

Alas, he might have a scheduling conflict. Or maybe he’s just not as healthy yet as he appeared in a quick video. George certainly didn’t look like himself in his brief return last season.

Either way, George remains on track for the 2016 U.S. Olympic basketball team – more so than any other player.