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Warriors guard Stephen Curry is the back-to-back MVP and possibly the soon-to-be back-to-back NBA Champion, so his chances of starting for guard-loaded Team USA in the 2016 Olympics were extremely high. However, Curry has informed USA Basketball that he will withdraw from this years Olympics in Rio in order to rest his sore knee this offseason.
Curry released a statement announcing his withdrawal from the Olympics this morning. Via NBA.com:
“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. I recently informed 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. 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.”