Stephen Curry commits to playing in the Olympics
Like many other NBA stars, Stephen Curry is expecting to take part on Team USA’s convocation process for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, hoping to experience being part of an Olympic team for the first time. The Golden State Warriors floor general turned down potential consideration from this year’s FIBA World Cup due to coming off five straight NBA Finals and television projects already lined out for the summer.
However Curry is hoping that the stars align next year and he’s able to make the trip to Tokyo.
“That is the plan, for sure,” Stephen Curry said in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “You know, obviously knock on wood, you don’t want any injuries or things like that to interfere.”
Curry got his first taste of international competition playing for Team USA in the 2010 World Cup and playing eight games off the bench as one of the team’s youngest players, but he became a starter four years later during the 2014 World Cup, starting in a three-guard lineup next to Kyrie Irving and James Harden.
Plenty of stars are expected to make themselves available for this upcoming competition, as many preferred to save legs (and time) for the Olympics, which the Americans hold in higher regard than the World Cup.
Curry could be fighting for a starting spot with others like Irving, Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker, who started for Team USA in a recent seventh-place finish in China. Curry’s shooting and all-around gravity could play a massive part in Team USA’s quest to take back the gold less than a year from now.