Stephen Curry Back In Team USA Mix

HOUSTON – Before the season, he had health concerns over a series of ankle injuries. Then, he got a $44-million vote of confidence from management in the form of an extension. Once the ball actually dropped, he nearly made the All-Star team as one of the standouts from a successful early-season run by the Warriors.

There is now new affirmation of the return to prominence for Stephen Curry.

Curry, a member of Team USA for the 2010 world championships before being disappointed at being left off the roster for the 2012 Olympics, is back in contention for a spot with USA Basketball heading toward the 2014 World Cup (the former world championships). He is expected to receive an invitation to a July mini-camp in Las Vegas with approximately two dozen players, some who have been in the program before and some newcomers, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told NBA.com. The United States will not be in any tournaments this summer.

“He definitely is,” Colangelo said of Curry being back on the radar. “He’s never really been off the radar. It’s always been about injuries with him. I think he continues to develop as a player and I plan to invite him this summer.”

Curry’s Warriors teammate David Lee, a Western Conference reserve for Sunday’s All-Star game at the Toyota Center, will likely get an invitation as well. Paul George of the Pacers, an Eastern Conference reserve and one of the rising young stars of the game, is also expected to be asked to play. It’s a formula that should help merge prospects for the program with some returning players.

Curry in some ways is an ideal player for the international game. He’s a shooter to help beat the zones Team USA sees regularly; not a great athlete, but able to play an up-tempo game the Americans like to use to beat slower opponents in transition. He also, importantly, comes with a great attitude that fits Colangelo’s desire for a drama-free squad devoid of ego issues.

17 Comments

  1. john says:

    stephon should have been an allstar

  2. Patty says:

    CURRY IS A GREAT SHOOTER. GO CURRY!!!

  3. Patty says:

    THE NBA SHOULD BE ASHAME OF NOT ADDING STEPHEN CURRY TO THE ROSTER TO PLAY IN THE ALL STAR GAME ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2013. CURRY IS AN OUTSTANDING PERSON AND PLAYER.

    • Chigchig says:

      Even though I agree he deserves to be an all star.. who do you take off to accommodate him?
      TP is playing better then him, so is Harden and Westbrook.. the only big you could argue to take off is LA and he is still a better player then Curry

  4. dattebayo says:

    When will they decide on the headcoach for team USA? Or did they do that already??

  5. ollie boombayay says:

    Team USA will definitely need his skillset for 2014, especially being able to shoot outside.

  6. Mark says:

    @DYNO He was clearly talking about himself…

  7. DYNO says:

    Steph is NOT 5’9″ lol He may look shorter on court but trust me, i’m 5’10″, stood next to the guy and had to look up.

  8. Daman says:

    i agree he should be there but so should Rudy Gay ad Kyrie Irving.

  9. pej says:

    It’s a good thing to include him in team USA, shooter, dribbler and still young.

  10. Denzo says:

    WOW. Curry, “hes not a great athlete”.. all of a sudden as a person standing 5’9 who can touch the rim I feel like a couch potato who eats corn dogs all day.. not a great athlete? R U SERIOUS>?

    • andrew says:

      Thats because in the NBA hes not a great athlete, and touching the rim is nothing. You do realize touching the rim and dunking are very far apart, since your 5’9 and probably cant palm the ball to well you would need to go above the rim by atleast 10inches.

  11. amertoday says:

    I like Steph’ Curry game. I will buy his Jersey to mean it.

  12. amertoday says:

    I like Stephen Curry’s game. I will buy his Jersey to mean it.