The best shooter in the world won’t be suiting up for Team USA this summer. Steph Curry will reportedly not be playing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Reports the Mercury News:
According to multiple sources, Curry has already told USA Basketball he will not be playing for a gold medal. He will instead let his right knee heal.
This is good news for the Warriors, who usually like their players in these high-profile opportunities because it helps the overall brand. It’s a smart move by Curry, who is piling on the mileage now that the Warriors are champions.
At 28, he should still be a top player when the 2020 Olympics roll around. He also has one more year to get through before signing his maximum contract. And with the Warriors two wins away from a second consecutive championship, a fresh Curry would be optimal next season.
Word is that Curry’s teammates Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala will also opt out of playing this summer. However, they are reportedly thinking of staying home over concerns about the Zika virus.
Other high profile NBA players rumored to be thinking twice about making the trip to South America include LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.
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