Steph Curry announced Monday that he will sit out the 2016 Olympics in Rio to heal his body.
Curry, the reigning back to back NBA Most Valuable Player and possible reigning back to back NBA champion, has never played in the Olympics. He cited ankle and knee problems for his opting out of the prestigious international competition.
Curry joins a list of NBA stars that will sit out the 2016 Summer Olympics. The list includes Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge and John Wall.
The Team USA roster for the 2016 Olympics will be announced in late June. Team USA will begin training in mid July in Las Vegas and will play a July 22 exhibition against the 2004 Olympic Basketball Gold Medalists, Argentina.
“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 [USA Basketball chairman] Jerry Colangelo of this decision,”read a statement from Curry.
“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,” continued Curry.