It was recently reported that Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is 50-50 on playing in the Tokyo Olympics later this summer. Curry confirmed that report in recent comments made to Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle.
“I’m literally 50-50,” he said of his decision. “I probably need to decide in the next two weeks.”
Curry has never won an Olympic gold medal, so that’s one of the few accomplishments missing from his resume, along with NBA Finals MVP. That gives some incentive to the Warriors star to suit up, but he’s still not sure he wants to spend his summer like that.
The 33-year-old is reportedly still looking into the logistics about playing in Tokyo with the COVID-19 pandemic not totally gone yet, and he wants to know who else will be playing for Team USA. Given the weirdness of the past few seasons, a number of top stars could choose to sit out the Olympics. We know LeBron James and Anthony Davis don’t plan on participating.
Stephen Curry is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, averaging 32.0 points, 5.8 assists and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 48.2% from the field and 42.1% on 3-pointers. He finished third in MVP voting behind Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid.
Unfortunately for Curry, the Warriors lost twice in the play-in tournament to fall short of the playoffs. After such a grueling campaign in which he carried Golden State’s offense, the superstar might not want to go through the Olympic grind this offseason and instead look to prepare for the 2021-22 NBA season, which is when Klay Thompson is supposed to finally return to the court after two major injuries.