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Warriors' Stephen Curry Won't Play for Team USA at 2021 Tokyo Olympics

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJune 21, 2021

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Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry will not participate in this summer's Tokyo Games, head coach Steve Kerr confirmed on Monday.

Kerr discussed Curry's decision during an interview with NBC Bay Area's Raj Mathai, noting the Warriors star "needs rest":

Raj Mathai @rajmathai

Exclusive: Steve Kerr talks about #StephenCurry decision to opt out of #TokyoOlympics. Kerr says he’s excited to head to #Tokyo and coach @KDTrey5 @Money23Green @Dame_Lillard. @nbcbayarea #TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/0bpSe0d96Y

Shams Charania and Anthony Slater of The Athletic previously reported Curry would not participate in the Tokyo Olympics. Per that report, "Curry had been deciding on participating over the last few weeks, and USA Basketball expected him to be out of the available pool."

The one thing Curry has never done in his incredible career is represent the United States at the Olympics. He also took himself out of contention in 2016, citing "recent ankle and knee injuries" at the time.

He did help lead Team USA to gold medals in the 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Cups, however. 

He isn't the only high-profile star skipping the event, with Donovan Mitchell, LeBron James and Anthony Davis turning down invitations. Team USA will once again be loaded, however, with commitments from Kevin Durant, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Devin Booker, Jayson Tatum, Draymond Green and Bam Adebayo.

Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul reportedly has also been "actively pursued" by USA Basketball to join the roster for the Tokyo Games, per Marc Stein of the New York Times

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Curry, 33, remains one of the game's elite players. He was a finalist for the MVP this past season after averaging a career-best 32 points per game to go along with 5.8 assists and 1.2 steals per contest, shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from three. 

He would have been an impact player for Team USA, no doubt. And it's fair to wonder if this summer would have been his last shot at an Olympic gold medal. The next time the Summer Games roll around in 2024, he'll be 36. 

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