Warriors guard Stephen Curry remains committed to USA Basketball after watching Indiana’s Paul George suffer a gruesome compound fracture of the tibia and fibula in an intrasquad game.
Curry, who is one of 15 finalists to make the USA’s FIBA World Cup team, did tell The Doug Gottlieb Show on Wednesday that watching George get injured live in Las Vegas brought up “bad memories” of his own history with his surgically-repaired ankle.
“I had some doubts when I left Vegas as to the risk that you take when you play USA Basketball, but at the end of the day, we made a commitment to play, and any time we play basketball, that’s a risk we take,” Curry said.
“We’re committed. For now we’re going go out there and win the gold for Paul and do our thing over in Spain, but I haven’t really thought about two years from now because I guess everybody has to make a decision based on where they are when that time comes.”
Curry, who along with the Warriors guard Klay Thompson are vying to make Team USA, was speaking the day before Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant announced he withdrew from the team, citing a lack of energy and a need to take time away mentally and physically.
The Warriors have already seen guard Nemanja Nedovic suffer a foot injury during preparation for the World Cup with the Serbian national team that could require surgery.
Warriors players Andre Iguodala (knee tenditinis), Ognjen Kuzmic (stress reaction in leg), David Lee (surgery in pelvic area) did not take part in national team training this summer due to pre-existing injuries while Andrew Bogut withdrew from consideration following an injury-riddled season.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday that George’s injury was “awful” and recalled how during his own career suffered a major knee injury while playing for Team USA in 1986. The tearing the ACL and MCL of Kerr’s right knee, which forced him to redshirt his senior season at Arizona, took place in Spain at the tournament now known as the World Cup.
Twenty-eight years later, Curry is expected to play at the World Cup in Spain. He said he had not been told he was a lock to make the team, but clearly that is the expectation as he added members of his family are scheduled to travel overseas to watch him play.
“I can honestly say I haven’t thought about future years,” Curry said of playing for USA Basketball. “I only think about the here and now, and immediately when I saw PG go down, I did have bad memories of my injuries and surgeries and all that.
“Whenever you see that, your whole injury history comes up.”