Jan 22, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) sits on the bench injured during the second half of the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats win 95-91. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Paul to return in time for All-Star game?

As Chris Paul continues to rehab from his shoulder injury, which took place on Jan 3, he gave his fans a little glimpse of hope that he may in fact make it back in time for the All-Star game — which takes place Feb 16 in New Orleans.

[ESPN]

“If I can play, I’m going to play, I love to play that much,” Paul said Wednesday. “The All-Star Game is in New Orleans and that’s part of me. That’s where I played my very first All-Star Game at. Anytime you have that opportunity, I’m not going to pass that up because it’s not guaranteed to happen next year.” …

The All-Star Game starters will be announced on Thursday, while the reserves will be announced on Jan. 30. Either way, Paul said he will be at the game after playing his first six seasons in the league with the New Orleans Hornets.

“Oh yeah, no question, I’ll be there,” Paul said. “I’ll definitely be there.”

Since the Paul injury, Stephen Curry has propelled up the voting and could very well finish ahead of Paul in the voting for the starters. However, it’s likely that the couches would select him to the reserves if he doesn’t make the cut as a starter. Still, none of that matters if Paul isn’t cleared to return.

Perhaps the smart decision is to just simply sit it out and return after the break, but if he says he’s ready, it’ll be tough for anybody to refute him.

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