George's Team USA injury spurred Curry to consult brain trust

George's Team USA injury spurred Curry to consult brain trust
August 15, 2014, 10:30 am
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Paul George suffered a compound fracture of both bones in his lower right leg on Aug. 1. (USATSI)

Stephen Curry is due $10.6, $11.4, and $12.1 million dollars from the Warriors in each of the next three NBA seasons.

For a player with a history of injury coming off his first All-Star season, the pressue to stay healthy and produce is significant.

That is one reason the Warriors point guard, who is in Chicago training with Team USA prior to the FIBA World Cup in Spain later this month, checked in with his brain trust after seeing Paul George's harrowing injury in a Team USA scrimmage almost two weeks ago.

"Reacting to Paul's injury is natural," Curry told ESPNChicago.com. "I think just talking to my family and guys in the Warrior front office, just kind of seeing where everybody was, but at the end of the day it's a great honor to wear this jersey and to have these experiences and I'm going to take advantage of it."

George is expected to miss the entire upcoming Pacers season, but team president Larry Bird defended his star's participation with USA Basketball, saying the injury "could have occurred anytime, anywhere."

[RELATED: Bird on George injury: ‘Could have occurred anytime, anywhere’]

Still, George's dual compound fracture has thrust concern over injuries to superstars in international events into the spotlight. Former MVP Kevin Durant was the most recent to withdraw from a team that has already lost All-Stars Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge.

[RELATED: Pacers believe Paul George will make full recovery]

Their absences have opened the door for a number of Northern California representatives, as Curry is joined by teammate Klay Thompson as well as DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay from the Sacramento Kings. They are among the final 17 players all vying for a place on the 12-man roster.

The FIBA World Cup starts Aug. 30 in Spain, and the winner will automatically qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

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