Tokyo - Three-time
NBA champion Steph Curry looks to have his sights on the 2020 Tokyo
Olympics - and a gold medal that would complete his career set.
The Golden State Warriors sharp-shooter, who has captured world
titles with Team USA, pulled out of the 2016 Rio Olympic squad with
injury but appears set to join a Dream Team at next year's Games that
could also boast the likes of LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.
"I know the energy here is going to be amazing," Curry told reporters in Tokyo.
"I haven't played in the Olympics before. I've played in two World
Cup teams so I've had the experience of representing my country. But the
Olympics, from everybody that I've talked to that's played, there's no
comparison to that experience."
The United States have won gold at the last three Olympics and will be favourite again in Tokyo.
Curry was the Japanese capital for a basketball clinic and was asked
about Rui Hachimura, who made history on Thursday when he became the first
player from Japan to be taken in the first round of the NBA draft,
selected with the ninth overall pick by the Washington Wizards.
"It's exciting for the NBA to have representation from Japan and
countries all over the world," said Curry, twice voted the NBA's most
valuable player, but coming off a stinging Finals defeat by the Toronto
"It speaks to how the game of basketball is growing everywhere. For
him to be a trailblazer in terms of doing something that has never been
done is good for this country."
The 6-foot-9 (2.06m) Hachimura averaged a team-leading 19.7
points and 6.5 rebounds last season as a college junior for the Gonzaga
He will become just the third from Japan to play in the NBA, joining
Yuta Tabuse (Phoenix Suns) and Yuta Watanabe (Memphis Grizzlies).
But Curry tipped Hachimura - born to a Japanese mother and father from Benin - to be a success.
"He's got good size obviously," said Curry. "He seems to have a high
basketball IQ, good touch. I'm sure as he gets into the NBA, his game
"He fits into the direction the NBA is going right now - being able
to score and put pressure on the defence no matter what the situation