Could Stephen Curry have prevented Team USA from being eliminated in the 2023 FIBA World Cup? As NBA fans might have likely heard by now, Team USA ended up losing to Team Germany in the semi-finals of the 2023 FIBA World Cup. The outcome of this game stunned the global basketball community considering that Team USA had a roster filled with upcoming NBA stars and were heavily favored to win the whole tournament.
Although NBA experts and fans can point to a plethora of reasons why Team USA ended up losing, some people seem to believe that the presence of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry would have prevented this unfavorable outcome for Team USA.
With that being said, fans should certainly want to know if there is any truth to this narrative gaining momentum on social media. Let us take a closer look and find out more.
Has Stephen Curry ever lost with Team USA at the 2023 FIBA World Cup?
NBA fans will know that Steph has been in the league for many years now. Therefore, he has had multiple opportunities to represent his country in international tournaments such as the Olympics or FIBA World Cup. It might interest basketball fans to hear that Curry has played in the FIBA World Cup twice since being drafted into the league. Both times, Team USA emerged victorious as world champions.
Since 1998, Steph Curry has represented Team USA in 2 of the 7 FIBA World Cups.
Team USA won gold the 2 times he played and failed to win gold the 5 times he didn’t… pic.twitter.com/PseHPj19sQ
— Guru (@DrGuru_) September 8, 2023
While there is nothing surprising about that, fans might be startled to hear that Team USA has been unable to win a single FIBA World Cup without Curry. Although they attended the FIBA World Cup 5 times without him, the team never managed to win again.
Since this is quite a peculiar phenomenon, NBA fans are convinced that the presence of Stephen Curry might have turned things around quite positively for Team USA. Whether he is a lucky charm for the team or not, there is no denying that Steph would have been an asset for the team especially since he is in the prime of his career.
In any case, there is nothing that can be done about it now that Team USA has been eliminated and is on the way back home. Hopefully, Curry and the other best NBA stars will be included in the Team USA roster for the 2024 Olympics.