Over the last week, several NBA stars have announced that they will not be participating on the U.S. Olympic Team this summer. Players like Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook have declined the option to represent Team U.S.A. at the 2016 Brazil Olympics.
Some of these players are battling injuries after a long NBA season and have decided to skip out on the Olympics and a chance make the U.S. Olympic roster. For example, reports from the Los Angeles Daily News state that Stephen Curry may need surgery on both his knee and shoulder this offseason. For Curry, the decision to opt out of Team U.S.A. makes sense. He has currently played in 15 playoff games so far this season, combined with 79 regular season games. Undergoing surgery and recovering before next season is the smart move for Curry, who will possibly defending back-to-back championship trophies. Players like LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, and Anthony Davis have also decided to forgo the Team U.S.A. because of injuries.
Although other superstars have failed to give a reason as to why they will not be playing for the U.S. in Brazil, NBA.com notes that the Zika Virus might be at the heart of their decision.