According to Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group, Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has reportedly told USA Basketball that he won’t be competing for a gold medal this year’s Olympics.
Curry instead will lay low this summer and allow his right knee to heal fully, an injury that was brought on during the series against the Rockets. On the brink of back-to-back championships, the 28-year-old Curry has nothing to prove this summer in the Olympics, and will still have a chance to play in 2020 games when he’s 32. Along with Curry, rumors have been spreading that Andre Iguodala will withdraw from the Olympics. His reason is strictly based on the Zika virus outbreak that has a lot of athletes wary about playing this summer. Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol, who plays for the Spanish National team, is considering backing out because of the outbreak concerns.
Iggy, the reigning NBA Finals MVP, already has a gold medal in his collection from 2012 while Curry only has one from the FIBA World Cup in 2014. Iguodala still wants to play and is watching the epidemic very closely, and has yet to tell USAB formally that he won’t be competing. Curry has expressed fears about the Zika virus but is pulling out solely because of his knee.
Draymond Green is another player who’s being considered for the 12-man roster, and Thompson said that Green will play if he’s invited.
All players who will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro were advised not to bring their families and to sleep in malaria nets to maximize safety. The showcase for USAB kicks off in Las Vegas on July 22.