Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry will not play in the Rio Olympics, he announced in a statement Monday.
“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,” Curry said. “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.”
Curry is currently participating in his second straight NBA Finals. The two-time MVP sustained a knee sprain earlier in the NBA playoffs, and will not take part in the Olympics to let his right knee heal, according to the report.
“As his coach, I’m pleased. He needs rest,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said regarding Curry’s decision.
"As his coach, I'm pleased. He needs rest." Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry skipping Rio Olympics— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 7, 2016
Curry has never played for Team USA during the Olympics. The 28-year-old guard could still be a candidate for the team for the 2020 Games.
In addition to Curry, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson could also opt out of the Olympics due to concerns over the Zika virus, according to the report. Players have been advised not to bring their families to Rio and that they should sleep in nets due to the potential issues with the virus.
Iguodala was on the 2012 gold-medal winning Olympics team, while Curry and Thompson last played for Team USA during the 2014 FIBA World Cup.