Dad says Warriors' injured Stephen Curry still 'wants to play in the Olympics'

ByMarc J. Spears ESPN logo
Saturday, November 2, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- Injured Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry "absolutely" still plans to make himself available to play for USA Basketball during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, his father, Dell Curry, told ESPN's The Undefeated.

Curry will be out at least three months after having surgery Friday in Los Angeles to repair a broken left hand and the second metacarpal on his index finger. The Warriors said an update on the six-time All-Star's status would be provided in three months.

The three-time NBA champion has won gold medals for USA Basketball at the 2014 World Cup and 2010 world championships, but he has never played in the Olympics.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics begin on July 24.

"Absolutely. That was definitely a goal coming into this year. He wants to play in the Olympics," Dell Curry told The Undefeated on Friday night. "This is a little setback, but hopefully it's a goal he can strive for through his rehab."

Stephen Curry, who has had his share of ankle injuries in the past, could be out for the most extensive period of his NBA career. He missed 40 games during the 2011-12 NBA lockout season. The two-time NBA MVP has played in 698 regular-season games and 112 playoff contests with the Warriors.

Dell Curry, a 16-year NBA veteran, said his son should be patient with his current injury.

"Anytime you have a major surgery like that, even with a hand, he's doing the best he can," said Dell Curry, now a television color commentator for the Charlotte Hornets. "It was a tough, tough injury, but he's doing the best he can. Three to four months, not sure when he is going to come back. Has to take his time and come back with it. ...

"He's been through injuries before with the ankle. He understands the rehab that it takes to get through it. He knows about injuries and what goes through that. He's got to be patient and make sure he is fully healthy before he comes back."

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