Right now, Stephen Curry is basking in the 78-degree weather at beautiful Lake Tahoe — right on the California/Nevada border — getting ready to play in the weekend’s American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament (which will be broadcast on NBC).
He would rather be sweating in the 100-plus degree temperatures of Las Vegas.
That’s because Vegas is where Team USA is getting ready for the Olympics (then the team heads to Los Angeles for an exhibition this weekend). Curry pulled out of the Rio Games during the NBA Finals, but said he isn’t happy about it in a Facebook Live chat from Tahoe (hat tip the Mercury News for the transcription).
“I wasn’t too happy with the situation of having to pull out of the Games… I wish I would be able to play in those. I was looking forward to it….
“When I got hurt in the playoffs and knew that the recovery time over the course of summer was going to be important for me to get ready for next year, I tried to give Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) and Mr. Colangelo (Jerry Colangelo) and the whole USA staff more time to figure out what they need to figure out for the roster. With the situation as it is now, to rest and get ready for next season, to what I need to prepare my body … It’s a nice mental break as well to be able to play some golf and get out here and enjoy this experience.”
Only Curry knows his body and what kind of rest and recovery he truly needs. He should be right by the start of next season.
Curry is an avid golfer, and hopefully he will be healthy in 2020 when Team USA is put together for the Tokyo games. My guess is new USA coach Gregg Popovich could use Curry’s shooting. Just a hunch.