Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr supports Stephen Curry for his decision to not play for Team USA in the 2021 Olympics at Tokyo.
After contemplating for several weeks, Stephen Curry has finally revealed that he will be opting against representing Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics this year. Similar to his Olympics withdrawal back in 2016, the Golden State Warriors guard will use this offseason to rest instead of travelling to Japan.
Warriors star Stephen Curry has opted against playing for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics this summer, sources tell me and @anthonyVslater. Curry had been deciding on participating over the last few weeks, and USAB expected him to be out of the available pool.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 21, 2021
Curry is a 7-time All-Star, 2-time scoring champ, 3-time NBA champ, 2-time MVP and 2-time World Cup winner (representing the USA in 2010 and 2014). It is safe to say that Steph has achieved it all. Although, the only thing remaining for him to add to his resume is a prestigious Olympic gold medal. And with his decision of not participating, clearly, Curry is in no rush to pursue the feat this summer.
“I think it makes perfect sense. He needs rest”: Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry
Of course, Golden State fans, who didn’t get to see their MVP in postseason action, would’ve liked to see Chef Curry balling out in Tokyo. However, GSW head coach Steve Kerr believes that Steph has taken a great decision by forgoing the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
On Monday night, Kerr revealed that he was in full support of his point guard’s decision of sitting out of the 2021 Olympics. The three-time champion coach admitted that the sharpshooter needed rest after his incredible 2020-2021 campaign. Kerr spoke:
“I think it makes perfect sense, actually. Steph has so many demands on his time. He has to play so hard for so much of the season. He’s 180 pounds.”
“He’s . He needs rest. I’m happy for Steph that he’s going to get plenty of rest and family time this summer and he’ll be ready to go come training camp in September.”
In all honesty, The Baby Faced Assassin has earned this period of rest. This past season, coming off a left-hand injury, Steph torched the league putting up a league-best 32 points, 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game on 48/42/91 shooting splits. What is more incredible is that the 6-foot-3 sharpshooter had the best season of his career while playing on a broken tailbone.
Even though Team USA will be deprived of the wrath of Steph Curry, there is no doubt that the team is stacked with some of the generational talents the league has to offer.
Behind the likes of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Damian Lillard, Draymond Green and much more, Team USA are easily the most deadly and strong favourites to win yet another Olympics basketball event.