The 28-year-old is the back-to-back NBA MVP
He may be the best basketball player in the World, but Steph Curry wont be competing with USA Basketball at the Rio Olympics.
The Golden State Warriors star has announced that he has removed himself from consideration for the American team. Curry has already won two FIBA World Cups with his national team in 2010 and 2014, but did not feature at London 2012.
“My previous experiences with USA Basketball have been incredibly rewarding, educational and enjoyable, which made this an extremely difficult decision for me and my family", Curry revealed in a statement.
"However, due to several factors – including recent ankle and knee injuries – I believe this is the best decision for me at this stage of my career. It’s an incredible honor to represent your country and wear ‘USA’ on your chest, but my primary basketball-related objective this summer needs to focus on my body and getting ready for the 2016-17 NBA season.”
Curry is undoubtedly the biggest star in professional basketball at the moment. He is a back-to-back NBA MVP, and was part of the best regular team in history.
The team finished the regular season with a 73-9 record. Curry also has broken the most three-pointers in a regular season in the past two years. He currently has four of the top seven records in NBA history.
Curry looks set to win his second NBA title this month in as many years. The Warriors currently lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
USA are the reigning Olympic champions, and have won five of the last six Olympic tournaments. The American team begin their campaign against China on August 8th.