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Thunder: Chris Paul 'very serious' about 2020 Olympics

Thunder point guard Chris Paul said Saturday that he's "very serious" about representing Team USA in the 2020 Olympics this summer in Tokyo. 

On Monday, Paul was named one of 44 finalists for the Olympic roster. 

Paul is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. He played on Team USA in 2008 and 2012 but sat out in 2016. 

"I was blessed and fortunate to play in 2008," Paul said. "I had no kids then. In 2012, my wife couldn't come because four days after the gold medal game she had my daughter." 

Only LeBron James has played in more international games than Paul. James, Carmelo Anthony and David Robinson are the only three-time U.S. Olympic men's basketball players.

Paul could join that club if he makes the final 12-man roster. 

"I'm excited about the opportunity," Paul said. "My wife is sort of calling the shots on this one. She said she wants to go to Tokyo." 

The 2020 Olympics will run from July 24 to Aug. 9. 

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United States' Chris Paul celebrates after the men's gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. USA won 107-100. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ORG XMIT: OBKO167

United States' Chris Paul celebrates after the men's gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. USA won 107-100. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ORG XMIT: OBKO167

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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