NBA’s reigning MVP Stephen Curry announced to the media on June 6 (June 7, Manila time) that he will skip the Summer Olympics in Rio.
A definite shoo-in in the 12-man roster that will be named later this month, the Warriors’ superstar decided to withdraw from the pool to fully recuperate from his recent injuries and focus on his fitness.
In a statement to ESPN, the 28-year-old said, “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.”
“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,” Curry added.
Curry suffered a knee injury in their first-round matchup against the Houston Rockets, causing him to miss two games against Houston. He also sat out three games in their second round against Portland, which they handily won en route to a gruelling series against the Thunder and a finals rematch against the Cavs.
Some NBA players included in Team USA’s roster are also considering withdrawing due to the Zika virus concerns. Curry has won world titles with the Americans, but he has never played in the Olympics. He missed the cut for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.