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NBA MVP Curry Rules Himself Out for Rio Olympics

Curry says he needs to focus on his body after some injuries

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    Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a play in Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 30, 2016 in Oakland, California.

    Stephen Curry is pretty busy at the moment, dealing with the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, and the superstar is already clearing his calendar this offseason. The reigning back-to-back NBA MVP will not play for Team USA in the upcoming Rio Olympics.

    “After a great deal of internal thought and several discussions with my family, the Warriors and my representatives, I’ve elected to withdraw my name from the list of eligible players on Team USA’s preliminary roster for the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil," Curry said. "I recently informed Jerry Colangelo of this decision.”

    “My previous experiences with USA Basketball have been incredibly rewarding, educational and enjoyable, which made this an extremely difficult decision for me and my family. However, due to several factors – including recent ankle and knee injuries – I believe this is the best decision for me at this stage of my career. It’s an incredible honor to represent your country and wear ‘USA’ on your chest, but my primary basketball-related objective this summer needs to focus on my body and getting ready for the 2016-17 NBA season.”

    Curry, 28, averaged 30.1 points, 6.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game this season.

    The Rio Olympic Games begin with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 5.