Colangelo irked with lack of communication regarding LaMarcus' Olympic status

Colangelo irked with lack of communication regarding LaMarcus' Olympic status
May 9, 2012, 3:39 pm
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ChrisHaynes, Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)

PortlandTrail Blazers All-Star forward, LaMarcus Aldridge, is scheduled tohave right hip surgery on May 10 by specialist, Dr. Marc Philippon,in Vail Colo. to repair a slight labral tear. His recovery time isapproximately 2-4 months.

Aldridgehas said that he intends to try and make it back in time to competefor a roster spot on Team USA for the 2012 Olympics in London saying,I could easily be back in time, but I'm not going to push myrehab.

Theproblem is that the director of USA Basketball says he has yet to benotified from Aldridge's camp informing him on if he's officially outor not.

Inour minds, he's (Aldridge) on our unavailable list, JerryColangelo told We haven't heard from anybody telling ushe's going to try and play. I got to hear from somebody. An agent, adoctor, somebody. As of now, we're going in thinking he'sunavailable.

WithDwight Howard (herniated disk in back) and Derrick Rose (torn ACL)out, Colangelo just recently added Oklahoma City Thunder guard JamesHarden and former University of Kentucky star Anthony Davis to theroster of finalist bringing the list up to 17 healthy players ifAldridge is out as well.

We'regoing to go with healthy players, Colangelo said. He (Aldridge)hasn't even had his surgery yet. If he's going to be back in time andplans on playing, I need to know.

TheUnited States Olympic Committee issued a June 18 deadline to turn ina 12-man roster, but Colangelo says he requested an extension due tothe uncertainty of some of his players and it was approved andextended to July 8.

Trainingcamp begins in Las Vegas on July 6.

Sidenote: Colangelo says he's "not interested" and too old to becomea GM again and says the Trail Blazers have not contacted him aboutdoing so.