Jun 09, 2016

    No Zika worry for Curry as LeBron, Irving unsure on Rio


    STEPHEN Curry says the Zika virus was not a factor in deciding against going to the Rio Olympics, while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will wait until after the NBA Finals to decide about playing for the United States team.

    The stars of the ongoing NBA Finals spoke a day after Curry, the two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, announced he will not play for the defending champion US squad in Rio, citing injuries and fatigue after back-to-back finals runs.

    "I knew the developments and kind of understanding the problem with the Zika virus, but it had no bearing on my decision," Curry said.

    Cleveland star James, who sparked US gold medal efforts in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 in London, and teammate Irving, who has led US teams to consecutive Basketball World Cup crowns to qualify for the Olympics, will wait until the best-of-seven NBA championship series ends before deciding.

    Irving also said Curry's decision will not have an impact on his own. "I'm in a series right now. Once that's over, I'll sit down and decide," Irving said. "It's just whatever's best, I feel, after this crucial finals is done.