Stephen Curry, the 2016 NBA scoring champion and two-time Most Valuable Player, chose to remove his name from consideration for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team.
"Since Steph's recent injuries, I've been in contact with him and I was aware that this decision was a strong possibility,” said U.S. men’s national team managing director Jerry Colangelo. “We appreciate Steph and his agent, Jeff Austin, keeping USA Basketball updated on his decision process.
"Obviously we are disappointed that Steph will not be available this summer, but we understand these situations arise and we are fully supportive of his decision. Steph is a two-time FIBA World Cup gold medalist who has a lot of equity with USA Basketball and has made great contributions since he first began playing the United States at the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship. Steph has always represented his country in an exemplary manner, and we are sorry that he won't be able to be with us this summer."
A three-time NBA All-Star, Curry suffered a sprained MCL on April 24 during an NBA playoff game against the Houston Rockets. The Grade 1 sprain, the least severe, forced him to the sidelines, but he has since returned to play as he leads the Golden State Warriors on a quest for their second consecutive NBA championship.
Curry was a member of the U.S. squad that won the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, averaging 10.7 points per game and hitting all 17 of his free throw attempts. The first unanimous MVP in NBA history when he won it this season, he also helped the United States to gold at the 2010 FIBA world championship, but was not included on the 2012 Olympic team.
USA Basketball now has only four point guards left among its finalists for the team that will play in Rio. Mike Conley, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook remain in the selection pool. Of those four, only Westbrook has Olympic experience as part of the 2012 team, while Irving played for the 2014 World Cup squad. Chris Paul has withdrawn his name from consideration, and John Wall is recovering from knee procedures and likely will not be available to play in August.