Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were named Friday to the 12-player roster that will represent USA Basketball at the FIBA World Cup in Spain.
The USA’s quest for the gold medal begins Aug. 30 with a game against Finland. The tournament runs through Sept. 14.
Curry has said he remained committed to USA Basketball after evaluating his participation in the days following Paul George suffering a gruesome compound fracture in preparation for the tournament.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who said Thursday he texted with Curry and Thompson after George’s injury, downplayed the risk and noted, “You can get hurt in a pickup game.”
“I think in the end this is a great experience for Steph and Klay, especially at their age,” Kerr said. “They’re young players.
“What I wouldn’t want is for both of them to play seven years for Team USA…It’s such a huge commitment to go along what they face during the regular season that I would hope over time there’s going to be sort of a recognition for all players – not just Steph and Klay – hey maybe this is best served as a two- or three-year commitment and then you move on because it’s just not worth wearing guys down over six or seven years. That’s something we’ll address as we go.”