‘Only a Three-Year Wait Now’: Steph Curry Not Ruling Out Team USA Return for 2024 Paris Olympics

Published 08/11/2021, 10:36 PM EDT
Executive producer, and N.B.A. All-Star Stephen Curry, participates on a panel after the screening of his documentary, Emanuel, at Howard Universitys Cramton Auditorium, in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Emanuel, tells the story of how 21-year-old Dylann Roof walked into a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17, 2015, and murdered nine African- Americans. The film, was executive produced by Currys new production company, Unanimous Media, along with Viola Davis and Julius Tennons JuVee Productions. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


For any athlete, winning an Olympic medal is always a boost for their resume. As far as the USA’s Men’s Basketball Team goes, it’s certainly one of the toughest rosters to get into when dreaming of representing the nation. If given a chance, no player would duck an opportunity to play for the All-American team. So this makes the Warriors’ Steph Curry an anomaly.

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Yes, the great GSW player has never participated in the Summer Games and is yet to make his Olympics debut. This year, however, he had a clear chance to represent Team USA, but he let it slip. So will his fans ever find Steph’s name on an Olympics roster? 

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Steph Curry signaled the Olympics’ window is still wide open

After Team USA’s gold medal game against the French team, Steph was one of the most excited Americans out there. Just like a regular fan, Curry enjoyed the chatter that followed the finals as both Kevin Durant and Draymond Green called out their critics

Later, in an interview, the Baby Faced Assassin shared why he chose against playing at the Tokyo Olympics. The 2x MVP expressed, “Obviously you want to be, again, in a position where you can hopefully make a decision whether you want to play or not. And with everything that happened, this year just was not the right time. There’s no regrets on that. (But) it’s only a three-year wait now instead of four. So we’ll see what happens.”

Well, Klay Thompson’s injury, a shorthanded Warriors squad, GSW’s play-in elimination, and Steph’s tailbone fracture were definitely some hard blows. So naturally, he deserved some time off the basketball court where he can possibly steam off the pressure and relax. Perhaps that’s why Steph chose golf fields over Olympic village.

May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) gets past Los Angeles Lakers guard Dennis Schroder (17) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) as he drives to the basket in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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GSW hero’s past success with Team USA

In the past, Steph Curry had tasted immense success with the USA’s Men’s Basketball Team. He first participated in the FIBA World Cup 2010 as a 22-YO who was just a year old in the league. Yet, Steph helped his countrymen win a gold medal in the event and followed the suit in 2014 too. 

His 20-point night against Puerto Rico and the Splash Brother combining 35 points with crazy shooting against Mexico were some of the best highlights. However, later in his career, his prime focus became the success of Dubs Nation as he started skipping international events. 

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And now, at the age of 33, Steph genuinely has just one shot left at the 2024 Paris Olympics where a 36-YO version of this legend can show up. Will Steph be able to win his first-ever Olympic medal or not? Only time will tell.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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