Jul 25, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA White Team guard Paul George pulls down a defensive rebound away from USA Blue Team center DeMarcus Cousins during the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase at the Thomas and Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Paul George Promised a Spot on 2016 Olympic Team

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told NBA.com that Paul George is promised a spot on the 2016 Olympic team that will be going to the Rio de Janeiro.

“We’ve told him we have a spot for him in ’16,” Colangelo told NBA.com at festivities Thursday in advance of the Friday enshrinement of the Hall of Fame class.

Without seeing how he comes back?

“Right,” said Colangelo, also the Hall chairman. “That’s what we told him.

“We thought it’s the right thing to do,” Colangelo said. “That’s it…. We didn’t give thought to all the detail. Just that when a guy goes down and all these things, the circumstances, his career passes before him, he’s out for a year, a year-plus, he’s not able to participate now with us — we wanted to throw that out and say, ‘We’re counting on you. You’ve got a spot in ’16.'”

Classy gesture. It’s also cool that the USA Basketball organization is confident in George’s ability to bounce back to All-Star form. Hope he does.

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