LeBron James' Team USA decision does not hinge on Stephen Curry or anyone else

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has many reasons to be pleased at the moment.

Not only did his side break the 1996 Chicago Bulls' regular season record with 73-wins this season, but on top of leading the Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0 in the NBA Finals and seemingly within touching distance of retaining the Larry O'Brien trophy, his star player has given him some great news, too.

Stephen Curry, the back-to-back and first ever unanimous MVP, has withdrawn from contention to represent Team USA at the Rio Olympics this summer in order to rest long lingering injuries that have bogged him down during this year's postseason.

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Although the Coach of the Year insists he was not consulted about Curry's decision, he couldn't hide his delight at his point guard's prudent move. It's a decision that is sure to benefit Curry in the long run and, therefore, benefits Kerr and the Warriors.

"I was not consulted. That's Steph's decision," Kerr said Tuesday. "As his coach, I'm pleased. He needs rest. [It's] two straight years going to the Finals. He's had injuries not only this year, but in the past. I think rest will serve him really well, but it's up to each individual player if he wants the experience or not."

The 28-year-old Curry told reporters on Tuesday that although he had researched the Zika virus with the Olympics looming, ultimately, that wasn't a factor in his decision.

"I followed the reports and kind of got educated on [Zika], but at the end of the day that didn't have a bearing on my decision," Curry said. "It was assessing my body and knowing what it was going to take for me to finish this playoff run."

One particular superstar in the current NBA Finals yet to make up his mind is LeBron James. The 31-year-old Cleveland forward already has two gold medals for his previous endeavors for Team USA in London and Beijing - and a bronze from Athens he would probably like to forget - but he remains non-committal on whether he will grace Brazil this summer.

"My decision has never been on anyone either playing on the team or being invited or not playing," said James, whose Cavaliers lost the first two games of the NBA Finals. "I haven't made a decision yet, and I probably will make it right after the season's over."

If Curry needs a rest, LeBron certainly needs one. The Cavs No. 23 has been to the NBA Finals six years in a row and even if Cleveland were to be swept in this year's Finals, King James would have played 564 games in those six years.

To put that into perspective, 32-year-old, nine-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony has only played 409 games over the same period of time, meaning James has effectively two more entire regular seasons in the last six years than Anthony. Crazy.

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