LeBron James and Stephen Curry are among the basketball stars to pull out of the Rio Olympics.
Off the back of the Cavaliers historic victory over the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James has notified USA Basketball that he will not be competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.
James was appointed Most Valuable Player for the season, but told Cleveland.com that he “could use the rest.” The 31-year-old has participated in the last six consecutive NBA series finals and has already won two gold medals on three occasions for the USA basketball team.
Curry made the decision to pull out of the games a few weeks ago due to ongoing leg injuries. He was the first MVP to get fouled out in the finals series.
Several USA basketball stars have committed to representing their country in the Games, including Carmelo Anthony, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler and DeAndre Jordan. The final 12 players will be picked next week as they look to claim yet another gold medal.
Australian NBA champion Matthew Dellavedova is expected to be selected for the Australian Boomers. Andrew Bogut is in doubt for selection after sustaining a knee injury in the NBA finals series. – Jesse Mullens
Photo of Stephen Curry defending Lebron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers Facebook page.