A lingering finger injury has forced San Antonio Spurs’ forward LaMarcus Aldridge to withdraw his bid from the U.S. squad for the upcoming Rio Olympics.
Stephen Curry has announced on Monday that he is not going to debut this summer’s Olympics as the MVP requires a break to recover fully from the ankle and knee injuries sustained in these playoffs.
“Always support a player’s decision when it comes to participation with his national team.” Spurs’ general manager R.C. Buford said in a statement.
The group which won’t feature in the USA Basketball team in the Olympics due to injuries also includes Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, Pelicans’ forward Anthony Davis and Washington Wizards guard John Wall, according to the ESPN.
Team USA chairman Jerry Colangelo pointed out that LeBron James will make a final call about his participation once the season ends. Amid the rising fear of outbreaks of the Zika virus and conditions in Brazil among some Olympic-bound athletes, Colangelo also clarified that none other than the above-mentioned names has withdrawn his name from consideration for the final team USA roster.
“LeBron James was only the guy we knew wouldn’t make a decision until his season was over, which means after the Finals. So we’ve been looking at roster makeup with or without LeBron. There will be tweaking without him if he decides he’s unable to play. With him, we feel we are pretty close to what we’re going to go with. Without him, we’ll tweak it.”
The final roster will feature 12 men.
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