Stephen "Steph" Curry has withdrawn from consideration from the Olympics, leaving the U.S. basketball team without the NBA's MVP.
Curry says Monday in a statement that he has decided to pull out for "several factors — including recent ankle and knee injuries."
He is the highest-profile absence for the two-time defending gold medalists, who will already be without NBA All-Stars Chris Paul and Anthony Davis.
Curry has won a pair of world titles with the Americans and was a starter when they won the 2014 Basketball World Cup. He had spoken of wanting the chance to win Olympic gold, but missed six games in the postseason with a right knee injury.
His decision to withdraw was first reported by the Mercury News.