Steph Curry still wants to play in Olympics despite injury, Dell says

Marcus White

Steph Curry's broken left hand won't affect his summer plans. 

The injured Warriors star still hopes to suit up for the United States men's basketball team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Curry's father, Dell, told The Undefeated on Friday night. 

"Absolutely," the elder Curry, who's now a color commentator for the Charlotte Hornets, told Marc J. Spears. "That was definitely a goal coming into this year. He wants to play in the Olympics. This is a little setback, but hopefully it's a goal he can strive for through his rehab."

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The younger Curry broke his left hand Wednesday during a loss to the Phoenix Suns, and the Warriors announced Friday that the two-time MVP underwent surgery and will miss the next three months before he is reevaluated. 

The Warriors will have to adjust to life without a superstar in the meantime, but Curry's intended Olympics return means USA Basketball might not this summer. Curry was among the American players who skipped out on this summer's FIBA World Cup in China, where the United States finished an all-time worst seventh place. 

Curry ultimately was one of 31 players from USA Basketball's 35-player pool who did not play in the World Cup, and he is far from the only star who wants to don the stars and stripes in Tokyo. Draymond Green, Curry's teammate and a 2016 Olympic gold medalist, wants to be there, as do Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis, James Harden and Damian Lillard, among others. 

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But Curry will first have to rehab and ensure his hand has recovered enough to return to the court. The 31-year-old is no stranger to battling injuries, and Dell told The Undefeated that his son's prior experience will help him as he recovers. 

"He understands the rehab that it takes to get through it," Dell said of Steph. "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."

USA Basketball will welcome the news of Curry's full recovery as much as the Warriors do, assuming he follows through on his desire to play in his first Olympics next summer. 

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