Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is committed to playing for Team USA in next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“That is the plan, for sure,” Curry said in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “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.”nfl nike jerseys cheap china
Team USA recently finished seventh in the FIBA World Cup, the country’s worst finish ever. The roster was composed mostly of players put together at the last minute, after multiple high-profile players backed out of playing. The embarrassing finish for the proud basketball country prompted Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo to say that he would “remember” players who “didn’t show up.” Curry’s declaration figures to be the first signal that other American superstars will join the former MVP in trying to win a fourth straight Olympic gold medal for Team USA.
Curry says he is confident that the Americans can still reign supreme when they put their best players on the floor.
“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 guard Damian Lillard said during a trip to Sydney this week that he planned on being a part of Team USA’s gold medal try.
“I plan on being a part of that. I plan on playing,” Lillard told news.com.au.cheap nike nfl jerseys from china
Curry would join his head coach, Steve Kerr, on Team USA. Kerr is an assistant on Gregg Popovich’s Team USA staff.
Curry also is sorting through his new reality as a member of a Warriors squad that comes into the season after a massive roster reconstruction that started when Kevin Durant signed with the Brooklyn Nets at the beginning of the free-agency period.
“At the end of the day, we live in an age where choice at the forefront, and K, you know, made a decision for himself and you can’t argue that,” Curry said. “I wish we could still play with K. He’s an unbelievable talent, unbelievable person. We accomplished a lot together. But — you know, things have changed a little bit. So you obviously wish him the best, obviously with his recovery first and foremost and things on and off the court. But we’re gonna have to battle down the road. So this should be a fun, new experience on that front, too.”
Curry acknowledged that he found out about Durant’s decision to sign with the Nets as he flew to New York to check in on his now former teammate.