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Report: Curry first of several NBA stars withdrawing from Olympics

Report: Curry first of several NBA stars withdrawing from Olympics

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.

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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.


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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:


2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:


4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:



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Wizards suffer lopsided loss against Hornets, who have had their number this season

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Wizards suffer lopsided loss against Hornets, who have had their number this season

The Washington Wizards lost to the Charlotte Hornets 122-105 on Friday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

Bad matchup: Despite their poor record, there is something about this Charlotte Hornets team that gives the Wizards trouble. The Wizards lost to the Hornets (26-33) for the third time in three tries this season on Friday night and, aside from a push in the third quarter, they were never really in it.

All in all, it was a dud of a game for the Wizards who were probably due for one. They had won three straight games and eight of 10 since John Wall got injured. They were also coming off a huge road win the night before in Cleveland, a game that started an hour later than usual.

It was a tough turnaround and the Wizards sure looked like it. It was evident in their defense and unforced errors. They did, however, have a decent shooting night. They shot 49.4 percent from the field 16-for-17 from the free throw line.

The Wizards' second unit didn't provide a lift outside of Kelly Oubre, Jr. (11 points). Mike Scott, one of their best bench options, was held scoreless.


Ugly first half: The Wizards only trailed by 12 points at halftime, but that score was skewed by a five-point push in the final seconds. The Hornets dominated for much of the first two quarters and did so by hitting threes and forcing turnovers. Those mistakes dug the Wizards a hole they never recovered from.

The Wizards had 10 turnovers in the first half, the same amount they had in their entire game the night before. Limiting mistakes was a big reason they beat the Cavaliers, yet the script was flipped by Charlotte.

The Hornets capitalized with 23 points off those 10 first-half turnovers. The Wizards had 14 giveaways for the games that led to 28 total points. 

Charlotte was 7-for-11 from three at one point in the first half and finished 17-for-39 (43.6%) for the game. That is very uncharacteristic for the Wizards, who entered the night second in the NBA in opponents three-point percentage.

Again, though, the first half ended well as Oubre and Bradley Beal gave the Wizards a jolt in the final seconds:


Bad defense: The Wizards have played some great defense in recent weeks, but they just didn't have it on Friday night. Most surprising were the guys that hurt them most.

Dwight Howard was limited to 11 points and six rebounds and Kemba Walker didn't score his first points until the final minute of the first half. But others like Frank Kaminsky (23 points), Marvin Williams (15 points) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14 points) got pretty much anything they wanted.

For Walker, it was a tale of two halves. He was held in check by Tomas Satoransky in the first half, but broke out in the third quarter and finished with 24 points and seven rebounds. Maybe it was tired legs on the Wizards' part, but Walker just kept dribbling until he got space and once he did, he knocked down shots.

Much like Kyle Lowry did a few weeks ago, Walker made adjustments to find success against Satoransky. We haven't seen that happen much since Wall went out, but those two have given him some trouble. Both guys are considerably smaller than Satoransky and very quick. Maybe there's something to that.

Add it all up and this was one of the worst defensive games of the season for the Wizards. They allowed their most points in a game since Jan. 17 against, you guessed it, the Hornets. Only three times this year have they given up more than what they allowed on Friday.

No Sessions: The Wizards did not debut their newest player on Friday night, which was probably to be expected given Ramon Sessions has not had any practice time yet. That is part of why he didn't play, but it's also another indication that he is unlikely to play much with the Wizards. Sessions is on a 10-day contract and is not expected to supplant either Satoransky or Tim Frazier at point guard. Frazier would seem to be the guy in danger of losing minutes, but it was business as usual for him against the Hornets.

Up next: The Wizards are off Saturday before returning to action at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.