Steph Curry Commits To Tokyo; Will Other Team USA Stars Follow?
Warriors G Stephen Curry is "committed to playing for Team USA" at the '20 Tokyo Games, which would mark his "first appearance in the Olympics," according to Nick Friedell of ESPN.com. Curry said, "I've been on two World Cup Championship gold medal teams. But the Olympics is the experience that I want. And next year will hopefully be it." Curry's declaration "figures to be the first signal that other American superstars will join the former MVP in winning a fourth straight Olympic gold medal for Team USA" after a disappointing seventh place finish at the FIBA World Cup (ESPN.com, 9/18). SI.com's Chris Mannix wrote USA Basketball Managing Dir Jerry Colangelo was "clearly irritated by some of the withdrawals" for the World Cup. Colangelo said, "The disappointment I feel is not from the guys who said they wouldn't play. It's those that said they would, and then backed out." However, Colangelo "isn't about to turn away talent" who want to play for Team USA at future tournaments. Colangelo has a "deep appreciation for the players that committed to play in the World Cup, suggesting that there were '2-3 players' who likely punched their tickets to Tokyo." Mannix: "And the late withdrawals, a list of talent that includes James Harden, Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard?" Colangelo said, "We'll deal with those cases individually. It's important to field as strong a team as possible" (SI.com, 9/17).