Whenever the NBA Finals come to a conclusion, it seems likely that will be the last we will see of Stephen Curry this summer. Curry is part of the pool of players that could be selected by USA Basketball to play in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, has withdrawn his name from consideration.
Curry doesn't want to play mainly because he wants to let his right knee fully heal.
Outside of Curry, the Warriors have three other players in USA Basketball's player pool -- Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green. But according to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group, because of the looming threat of the Zika virus, which Pau Gasol has expressed concern about, Thompson and Iguodala may also withdraw their names from consideration. Green however, plans on playing if he is selected.
The MVP may be out, but the man who nearly put him out of the playoffs is all in.
Kevin Durant told ESPN Monday that he still plans to compete in this summer's Olympics for Team USA.
It's an interesting decision given Durant's free agency.
With so many big name stars out, Durant's presence will be important for Team USA, even in a year where the international competition is the weakest it's been in 16 years. With Durant back in the fold, the U.S. should be able to maintain its iron-clad lock on the gold, despite the absence of so many top players, with other declinations expected in the wake of South America's continuing crisis regarding the Zika virus.