Agent: Paul Unlikely To Play For U.S. Team This Summer

Tuesday, April 24th 2007, 7:28 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Chris Paul's agent says the Hornets point guard had a screw inserted in his left foot and will likely be unable to participate in camp with the U.S. basketball team this summer.

Agent Lance Young says Paul is to have a follow-up visit with doctors Tuesday after having the screw inserted in his fifth metatarsal Monday.

The 2006 Rookie of the Year, Paul had been playing through a stress reaction for the final month of the NBA season, and had the procedure done five days after the end of the regular season.

Hornets spokesman Scott Hall says there were ``no complications'' with the procedure.

Young says Paul would be on crutches for a couple of weeks and then wear a boot on the foot. The injury is expected to sideline Paul for six to eight weeks.

Young expected Paul to travel to Las Vegas in July to be with his US teammates as they train for the FIBA Americas tournament in August. However, Paul isn't expected to play.

Paul started six of the national team's nine games at the world championships last summer.