Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry has expressed his disappointment of not being able to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next month.
Curry withdrew from the event as he is still recovering from the sprained ankle and MCL he played through during the playoffs.
Curry is not the only high-profile player to pull out of the Olympics as LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and James Harden have done the same, but the 28-year-old is still crestfallen to be missing out on representing Team USA.
“I wasn’t too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the Games. I wish I would be able to play in those. I was looking forward to it,” Curry said via Facebook Live. “When I got hurt in the playoffs and knew that the recovery time over the course of summer was going to be important for me to get ready for next year, I tried to give Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) and Mr. Colangelo (Jerry Colangelo) and the whole USA staff more time to figure out what they need to figure out for the roster.
“With the situation as it is now, to rest and get ready for next season, to what I need to prepare my body.”
Meanwhile, Curry also admitted that he still hasn’t gotten over the fact that the Warriors lost in the NBA Finals last season even though they held a 3-1 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers at one point.
Despite their advantageous position, the Warriors were unable to win another game and the Cavaliers thus became the first team in NBA history to win the playoffs after being 3-1 down.
“I haven’t gotten over it at all. I mean, it’s something that will live with you forever,” Curry told ESPN. “Game 7 was a tough pill to swallow.”
Curry admitted that he held himself somewhat responsible for the Warriors’ loss in the NBA Finals as he averaged 22.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, which was much worse than his regular season average of 30.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
“I took a lot of responsibility for just not performing at the level that I expect myself to, and it’s obviously the biggest stage that we can possibly have,” Curry said. “You feel that weight after the game’s over with, come down on you. … It won’t be something that will hold me down, but I’ll have it in the back of my mind forever.
“We’re gonna hopefully come back stronger and better than we were this year, hopefully put ourselves in to a position to be playing for another championship and get the job done.”