Stephen Curry is two wins away from a second straight NBA title and yet this won't be a golden summer for the Golden State Warriors star.
Curry will not participate for Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympics this summer, according to a report from Marcus Thompson with the Bay Area News Group. The reigning two-time NBA Most Valuable Player has already told USA Basketball he will not be playing for a gold medal, Thompson reported.
Taking Curry off the roster won't diminish the chances of a third straight gold medal for USA Basketball. However the outlook could change depending on whether others also say thanks, but no thanks over fears of the Zika virus
Resting his sore right knee is indicated as Curry's primary reason for sitting out. Curry missed games during the 2016 playoffs after suffering an injury during the opening round against Houston. However, concerns over the Zika virus could lead to other notable stars changing their minds on heading to Brazil in August.
Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal were named as members of Team USA's 30-man roster in January. Wall withdrew from consideration following knee surgery after Washington's season. The roster will be cut to 12 players.
Andre Iguodala could opt out as well due to concerns from the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil. He hasn’t told USA Basketball he is out and still wants to play. But he is keenly watching the developments.
Iguodala won a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. Curry won a gold medal from the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. But neither Curry nor Klay Thompson has won an Olympic gold medal, which is on their basketball bucket list.
According to sources, players have been advised to not bring their families to Brazil and to sleep in malaria nets to avoid being affected. That raised red flags among some players.
Thompson also reported another Golden State standout, Draymond Green, would participate if selected. Whether others including Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Beal, who is a true longshot to make the roster under normal cicrumstances, feel the same now becomes intriguing.
Several health organizations called for the games to be moved from Brazil for health concerns. The virus, which is most commonly spread by mosquito bites, has been known to cause neurological issues in adults and birth defects. Per the report, "The World Health Organization, however, concluded canceling the Games wouldn’t 'significantly alter the international spread of Zika virus' as Brazil is just one of many countries dealing with it. WHO did offer preventative measures, including wearing insect repellent and clothes that cover as much of their skin as possible, abstain from sex during stay and for at least four weeks after their return and stay in air-conditioned rooms."
That's a lot to consider. Part of the consideration is the chance at winning a gold medal, an opportunity that only happens every four years. Considering the impressive options on Team USA , that's an opportunity some might never receive again if they pass this time.
UPDATE: Curry issued a statement Monday through the Warriors officially withdrawing from Team USA.
Stephen Curry statement regarding USA Basketball & 2016 Summer Olympics: pic.twitter.com/sBF4eVrIyH— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) June 6, 2016