Through the Golden State Warriors' Public Relations official Twitter account, a statement was released on Monday afternoon from point guard and 2015-16 NBA MVP Stephen Curry about his decision not to partake in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Stephen Curry statement regarding USA Basketball & 2016 Summer Olympics: pic.twitter.com/sBF4eVrIyH
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) June 6, 2016
Curry stated, "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 cited "recent ankle and knee injuries" as part of the reason for his decision not to represent the United States in the Summer Olympic Games. The Warriors played most of their first two Western Conference Playoff rounds versus the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers without having the luxury of their star point guard on the floor because of these injuries.
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In all fairness, it makes sense for Curry to withdraw his name from Team USA consideration, as he will have very little time to recover from what looks like it will be another championship run in Golden State. While Curry wasn't a league MVP during the London Olympics in 2012, it's understandable for him to take a cautious approach and not play in these Summer Olympic Games.
While Curry's withdrawal makes a lot of sense for the MVP, there is perhaps a slight concern that it could to the withdrawal of other star players from the Olympic squad. The United States will still be the overwhelming favorite for gold in Rio, but if more big players follow Curry's lead then the gap between Team USA and the likes of Spain, Argentina and Lithuania won't seem quite as vast.