Perhaps in the form of his life in the second half of the season, Stephen Curry would have given a little more relief to this squad of Team USA. Associated with Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant, he would undoubtedly have set fire to the opposing defenses …
Unfortunately for the show, this trio will not perform together. Because if the winger of the Nets and the leader of Portland will represent their country well, the double MVP will use this offseason to rest and recover.
A small surprise since he still does not have this status of Olympic champion. “It was a difficult decision” concedes the “Chef” of the Bay on ESPN. “In view of the past season with this tight schedule, the sanitary measures and considering where I am in my career, I appreciate this break even if I am already working. A lot could happen there. “
Nevertheless, he will be the first supporter of a Team USA which looks great. “I respect every player who goes and plays in Vegas right now. I wish them success and the gold medal at the end. “
A final opportunity at the Paris Olympics?
Instead of adding high-stakes games, the leading scorer in Warriors history has favored rest and recovery in order to be in good shape.
Sources: Key dates for the 2021-22 NBA season:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 10, 2021
Sept. 28: Training camp starts
Oct. 19: Regular season starts
April 16: Playoffs start
June 2: Finals Game 1
June 19: Finals Game 7
June 23: 2022 NBA Draft
“You take everything into account. your physical, mental state, what’s going on in the league… All of those things come into play. There isn’t just one reason. In the end, the question was whether I wanted to play or not? And the answer was no. I already have a plan to be ready when the camps open ” he explains.
In addition, after a year disrupted by the Covid and health measures, Stephen Curry prefers to enjoy his free time with his family. “It wasn’t good for me and I’m happy with my decision. I have no regrets at all. I am there playing golf and enjoying my family. “ he said before adding: “It’s always a bit tempting to play the Olympics, but it wasn’t a good time for me. “
See you in 2024 in Paris to remedy this? He will then be 36 years old …