“No Regrets”: Stephen Curry Prioritizes NBA 2021-22 Preparation Over Tokyo Olympics

Published 07/11/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) smiles after shooting a basket over Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Nigeria stunned Team USA as they won 90-87 in the Olympics exhibition match, torching them from beyond the arc to pull off a huge upset. Big names like Kevin Durant couldn’t get it going as they fell to Nigeria. However, one of the players who was supposed to be a part of the USA team was Stephen Curry.

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Coming of a great season for the Warriors, there were high hopes that Curry would play in the Olympics. However, Stephen Curry withdrew from the tournament after the NBA season. Unarguably, one of the greatest shooters to play, Curry was the scoring champion in the NBA this season, averaging 32 points per game.

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So does Curry regret not playing in the Olympics?

Stephen Curry has no regrets no joining Team USA for Olympics

Stephen Curry recently said that he has absolutely no regret joining Team USA. He said: “It was a hard decision, coming off of this season and the condensed schedule, the protocols and obviously where I’m at in my career, I do value the offseason, and I’m working back on the court, but to try to go and play and there’s just a lot that could happen. I respect every single guy that goes and plays that’s out there in Vegas and I wish them all the success and a gold medal to show for it.”

The two-time gold medalist reiterated his confidence in his decision. “I take how I’m feeling physically, mentally, what’s happening around the league, all those things, it’s not one specific reason or a part of it, but just knowing at the end of the day do I want to play or not? And the answer was no at the end of the day. And getting ready for next season, relatively quick turnaround is important to me and I have a plan of how to do that and get ready for when training camp starts.”

April 27, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) sits with player development coach Bruce Fraser (right) during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Notably, Stephen Curry also had to withdraw from the 2016 Olympics as he was recovering from an ankle and knee injury.

Coming off an injury from last season, Steph Curry is looking to focus on the next NBA season. He is using the off-season to take his rest, have fun with his family, while preparing for coming NBA season.

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Where is Curry now?

There may be a question if Curry isn’t at the Olympics, where is he? Stephen Curry is in Lake Tahoe with his family where he will play the American Century Championship golf tournament. This will account for Curry’s ninth appearance in the tournament, placing fourth three times.

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Steph said: “It just wasn’t right for me. And I’m very confident in that decision. No regrets at all. Obviously being here I’m playing golf, having fun with my family. And that’s a personal thing.” Stephen curry seems to be enjoying his much deserved family time, playing golf alongside his father and brother.

May 16, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with forward Draymond Green (23) against the Memphis Grizzlies during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

Do you think with Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant will bring USA guaranteed gold at the Olympics?

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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