Back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry announced that he will not join the Team USA in the Rio Olympics 2016. He stated that his body needs some rest to be ready for the 2016-17 NBA season. Recalling in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, Stephen Curry suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of four games in the first two rounds.
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are currently battling in the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They are two wins away before having their second consecutive championship title.
“After a great deal of internal thought and several discussions with my family, the Warriors, and my representatives, I’ve elected to withdraw my name from the list of eligible players on Team USA’s preliminary roster for the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil,” Curry said in a statement released by the Warriors. “I recently informed (USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo) of this decision.”
“My previous experiences with USA Basketball have been incredibly rewarding, educational and enjoyable, which made this an extremely difficult decision for me and my family,” Curry continued. “However, due to several factors – including recent ankle and knee injuries – I believe this is the best decision for me at this stage of my career. It’s an incredible honor to represent your country and wear ‘USA’ on your chest, but my primary basketball-related objective this summer needs to focus on my body and getting ready for the 2016-17 NBA season.”
Other finalists who are reportedly not playing for the Team USA in the Rio Olympics 2016 due to injury are Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, LaMarcus Aldridge and Anthony Davis.
On the other hand, other players became undecided with joining the team because of Zika Virus concerns. These include LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Andre Iguodala. Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol first said that he will be skipping the Rio Olympics due to Zika Virus. He also warned other athletes regarding the situation and added that they should consider first their health and the health of their families.
However, NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Kyrie Irving, Paul George and James Harden expressed their intention to join the Team USA in the Rio Olympics 2016 once they are included in the final cut.
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