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Steph Curry still wants to play in Olympics despite injury, Dell says

Steph Curry still wants to play in Olympics despite injury, Dell says

Steph Curry's broken left hand won't affect his summer plans. 

The injured Warriors star still hopes to suit up for the United States men's basketball team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Curry's father, Dell, told The Undefeated on Friday night. 

"Absolutely," the elder Curry, who's now a color commentator for the Charlotte Hornets, told Marc J. Spears. "That was definitely a goal coming into this year. He wants to play in the Olympics. This is a little setback, but hopefully it's a goal he can strive for through his rehab."

The younger Curry broke his left hand Wednesday during a loss to the Phoenix Suns, and the Warriors announced Friday that the two-time MVP underwent surgery and will miss the next three months before he is reevaluated. 

The Warriors will have to adjust to life without a superstar in the meantime, but Curry's intended Olympics return means USA Basketball might not this summer. Curry was among the American players who skipped out on this summer's FIBA World Cup in China, where the United States finished an all-time worst seventh place. 

Curry ultimately was one of 31 players from USA Basketball's 35-player pool who did not play in the World Cup, and he is far from the only star who wants to don the stars and stripes in Tokyo. Draymond Green, Curry's teammate and a 2016 Olympic gold medalist, wants to be there, as do Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis, James Harden and Damian Lillard, among others. 

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But Curry will first have to rehab and ensure his hand has recovered enough to return to the court. The 31-year-old is no stranger to battling injuries, and Dell told The Undefeated that his son's prior experience will help him as he recovers. 

"He understands the rehab that it takes to get through it," Dell said of Steph. "He knows about injuries and what goes through that. He's got to be patient and make sure he is fully healthy before he comes back."

USA Basketball will welcome the news of Curry's full recovery as much as the Warriors do, assuming he follows through on his desire to play in his first Olympics next summer. 

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De'Aaron Fox stronger in third Kings camp, ready to take next step

De'Aaron Fox stronger in third Kings camp, ready to take next step

New coaching staff. New players. Same straw that stirs the drink.

The Sacramento Kings built their roster around young star point guard De’Aaron Fox last summer. They added more pieces to support Fox over the last few months, including head coach Luke Walton and his high-octane offense.

While training camp didn’t start until last Saturday, Fox has been in communication with the Kings' coaches and front office all summer. He has the playbook and he’s been studying up for what could be a very competitive season in Sacramento.

“They’ve given me more stuff than everyone else and I’m just trying to soak in all the knowledge that I can as quickly as possible,” Fox told NBC Sports California.

The coaching staff is all-new, but so are the players. Entering his third NBA season, Fox is tied with Bogdan Bogdanovic and Harry Giles for the second-longest tenure on the club. Only Buddy Hield, who joined the Kings in February of 2017, has been with the team longer.

“Everybody is new, there isn’t a single person from my first year that’s still here,” Fox said. “It’s a little bit difficult (to process the new information), you’re trying to take it all in on offense and defense, but it’s something I look forward to. I’m pretty much having fun with it, just going through something new.”

Known for his speed, Fox has worked on improving every facet of his game. He knows how important this season is, not only for himself, but for a franchise that is in the midst of a 13-year playoff drought.

Before coming out for media day festivities, Fox hopped on the scale for his preseason weigh-in. After playing at 176 pounds last season, the 21-year-old point guard looked noticeably bigger, which the scale confirmed.

According to Fox, he stacked on 10 pounds, tipping the scale at 186 pounds coming into camp, which is around where he would like to play this season.

“Right now it’s all about just trying to sustain it,” Fox said of his weight gain. “Eating well, making sure that I’m eating enough because of how much practice time and all the games we play. With our strength guys and the nutrition factor, we definitely have a plan for it.”

Fox averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 31.4 minutes per game last season with the Kings and he’s hoping for another tremendous jump both individually and as a team.

It’s likely he sees an uptick in minutes and if his offseason workouts yield even close to what they did a year ago, he should see another substantial jump in numbers.

In addition to working out over the offseason with his trainer and agent, Chris Gaston, Fox took part in Team USA festivities in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles over the summer.

He spent two weeks playing with some of the best players in the league and learning from coaching legends Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr.

“I definitely learned how to play with other good players,” Fox said of what he took away from the Team USA experience. “Just everything. Not wasting any movements because everyone on the court is a very good player. You’ve got to be efficient in everything you do and that’s one of the things I learned when I was there.”

Fox still isn’t interested in talking about why he left the national team before they shipped out to Australia and then China for the FIBA World Cup. He may never divulge that information.

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In the end, it shouldn’t matter. Playing for the national program, while an honor, is voluntary. Fox’s commitment is to the Kings, which he has made abundantly clear.

Sacramento has added depth and talent around Fox. He’s done the work to take another step forward in his progression. The quicker he reaches his full potential, the better it is for the Kings.

Warriors' Steph Curry plans to play for Team USA in 2020 Olympic Games

Warriors' Steph Curry plans to play for Team USA in 2020 Olympic Games

The year 2020 is going to be different for the USA, and I'm not just talking about the upcoming presidential election.

As you're aware, every A- and B-level star elected not to play for coach Gregg Popovich and Team USA this summer (no offense, Donovan Mitchell). As a result, the Americans sputtered to a seventh-place finish in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. But don't expect the big names to take the same approach to the 2020 Olympic Games.

Steph Curry, for one, is ready to get buckets on the international stage.

"That is the plan, for sure," the Warriors star told ESPN's Rachel Nichols on if he plans to play in Tokyo next summer. "You know, obviously knock on wood, you don't want any injuries or things like that to interfere.

"Definitely wanna go," Curry said. "I've never been on the Olympic team. I've been on two World Cup championship gold-medal teams. But the Olympics is the experience that I want. And next year will hopefully be it."

Team USA is just as excited for Steph to join the squad.

The seventh-place finish was Team USA's worst international showing since its Bronze Medal in the disaster that was the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. The Americans have won three straight gold medals since then, buoyed by teams led by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and coach Mike Krzyzewski. With Curry's commitment to the 2020 games, expect other marquee names to line up behind him to lead the Red, White and Blue to another gold medal.

"We're still the best," Curry said. "If we get the guys that are supposed to be there, in terms of, you know, representing us in the Olympic stage and the commitment's been there, and I think it'll be there next year."

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard also said he plans to play in 2020.

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With Team USA's latest redemption tour underway, Curry will be tasked with being one of the leaders in getting Team USA back to its rightful place atop the international basketball world.

That's bad news for the rest of the world.