Stephen Curry withdraws from Team USA's Olympic plans

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Stephen Curry is arguably the biggest star in the NBA today after the last couple of extremely successful campaigns he has enjoyed.

Curry is an NBA champion, two-time MVP, the first ever unanimous MVP and the record-holder for the most three-pointers in any given season. He achieved all of those accolades within the last two years and it's hard to argue anybody has been more successful than that in basketball history.

What more could he possibly do? Winning a second consecutive NBA title is firmly within his sights as the Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0 in the NBA Finals. But, how about an Olympic gold medal?

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The Dubs No. 30 had hoped to be a part of Team USA in Rio this summer, but has decided to withdraw from the pool of 31-players in with a shot of making the final 12.

"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," Curry said. "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 said.

The point guard's vocation is obvious. The Golden State Warriors pay his bills and they are on the cusp, if not in the process, of being one of the greatest sides in basketball history.

At 28-years-old, it would have been the ideal time for Curry to go and scratch his Olympic itch, but his talent doesn't appear to be fading anytime soon and there's every chance he can stake his claim in four years time in Tokyo.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo could not hide his disappointment at Curry's decision, but also understood where the player was coming from after such a struggle with injuries recently.

"Obviously, we are disappointed that Steph will not be available this summer, but we understand these situations arise and we are fully supportive of his decision," Colangelo said.

"Steph has always represented his country in an exemplary manner, and we are sorry that he won't be able to be with us this summer," Colangelo said.

Curry is a big loss on the court, but his star power is a loss to the event as a whole. With no Chris Paul and John Wall as well, it appears as though Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard are now the prime candidates to man the one-spot.

LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin and Anthony Davis are three other names that ESPN's Marc Stein has reported will not head to Brazil this summer, although the latter two were to be expected given their season-ending injuries.

Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Klay Thompson, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard all remain in contention for the final 12-man roster.

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