Report: LaMarcus Aldridge withdraws from Olympic consideration due to hand injury
LaMarcus Aldridge once delayed hand surgery to keep playing.
He’s not playing through that pain again this summer.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
ESPN sources say Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, due to a recent finger/hand injury, has also removed himself from Olympic consideration.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 6, 2016
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.