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June 06, 2016 03:35 PM

NBA star Stephen Curry announced Monday that he will not play in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, citing the need for recent ankle and knee injuries to heal.

The Golden State Warriors guard and two-time NBA MVP has never played in the Olympics.

“After a great deal of internal thought and several discussions with my family, the Warriors and my representatives, I’ve elected to withdraw my name from the list of eligible players on Team USA’s preliminary roster for the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil,” Curry, 28, said in a statement released by the Warriors. “I recently informed [USA Basketball managing director] Jerry Colangelo of this decision.”

Curry missed four games in the Warriors’ postseason due to an injured right ankle and sprained right knee.

“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’s statement continues. “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.”

Team USA’s 12-man roster is expected to be revealed in June, and Curry was widely considered a shoe-in. Two of Curry’s teammates, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes, have expressed their desire to compete in Brazil.

However Bulls forward Pau Gasol recently said he won’t represent his native Spain at the Olympics because of the Zika virus. At the time, he said he had talked to other athletes who were considering making the same choice, reports ESPN.

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