Golden State Warriors star and current NBA MVP Stephen Curry has ruled himself out of consideration for the USA men’s basketball Olympic squad.
Stephen Curry who has been struggling with niggling injuries has said his money needs time to recover and is disappointed not to be part of the team.“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.”
After Curry announced his withdrawal, Colangelo released a statement regarding the MVP’s Olympic status.
“Obviously we are disappointed that Steph will not be available this summer, but we understand these situations arise and we are fully supportive of his decision. Steph is a two-time FIBA World Cup gold medalist who has a lot of equity with USA Basketball and has made great contributions since he first began playing the United States at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship. Steph has always represented his country in an exemplary manner, and we are sorry that he won’t be able to be with us this summer.”