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

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LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 11: LaMarcus Aldridge #54 of the 2015 USA Basketball Men’s National Team shoots during a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on August 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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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.