May 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) reacts during game four of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center. The Spurs defeated the Clippers 102-99 to win the series 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Chris Paul Getting Healthy before 2012 Olympics

Chris Paul is getting back to work. After spending some time back home in North Carolina helping out with his basketball camp, Paul was back at the Clippers’ training center on Monday with a few other players returning to work as well.

“Right now I’m trying to keep my body in the right shape,” Paul said. “It’s just trying to get your conditioning back and stuff like that.”

Paul played shirt-less most of the session and looked lean and mean during two-on-two games with the other Clipper guards.

Paul looks like he is recovering nicely from the groin and hip problems that slowed him down considerably during the San Antonio Spurs series.

“I’m feeling a lot better,” Paul said when asked about his recovery. “Our training staff, to me, is the best in the league and as soon as the season was over we did a few things to get me back right.”

Paul definitely wants to be completely healthy before the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, where he is expected to be the starting point guard in London.

“[The offseason] was very brief,” Paul said. “It’s such an odd summer with the Olympics because usually you use the summer do that different type stuff [individual drills], but right now I’m just trying to get back ready to play.”

Training camp opens July 7th for the Olympics, and it will be exciting to see whether the on-court chemistry between Paul and Blake Griffin reaches new highs.

“I’m going to enjoy it,” he said. “Expectations are always high. And we set expectations for ourselves. This right here will probably be my last Olympics, so I’m going to go out there and cherish it and enjoy it.”

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