Kevin Durant is leaving no doubt about the hierarchy in Golden State.
In a wide-ranging interview with Zach Baron of GQ Magazine that ran on Thursday, the superstar forward called teammate Stephen Curry the face of the Warriors and discussed his own lack of traditional leadership ability.
“Steph Curry is the face of the franchise, and that helps me out, because I don’t have to,” said Durant. “I don’t want to have to be the leader. I’m not a leader. I’m bad at saying, ‘Stand behind me and follow me.’
“I’m one of those guys that’s just like, ‘Let’s do this s–t together. Let’s just work everybody together. I don’t mind being on the front line with you, but let’s come and do it together,’” the four-time scoring champion continued. “That’s my way of leadership. I’m leading by example.”
Since he signed with the Warriors in 2016, Durant has seemed content with deferring alpha-dog status to Curry. That still appears to be the case this year now that they have won a championship together, and based on these remarks from Durant, they both seem pretty happy with their respective roles.
Stephen Curry is a two-time NBA MVP who has clearly mastered the art of playing basketball, and he is looking to pass on some of his knowledge to amateur players. However, the Golden State Warriors star will not be taking the traditional basketball camp approach.
Curry has partnered with MasterClass, an online education forum in which experts teach courses in their respective fields. He’ll be teaching a class that begins early next year.
“If I think about where I was when I was 13, if I had access to this type of curriculum, I would have been a much better player faster,” Curry told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “It took me a while to learn how to practice and do the drills the right way. I want people to see how I invest in my game, how I train, what I do in my workouts and what’s my mental approach. So, when the opportunity with Masterclass came about to put a class together where I can show people my unique way of playing this game, it was natural fit. The goal is for everybody to get better and enjoy basketball more. I want them to push and challenge themselves and hopefully they see the game differently.”
Curry is the first basketball player to work with MasterClass. Courses that were taught in the past and are currently being offered have been led by women’s tennis star Serena Williams, chef Gordon Ramsay, pop icon Christina Aguilera, actor/comedian Steve Martin and many more.
Through passing his skills and training methods to others, Curry believes his game can also benefit.
“I get to assess my own game and see what I could have done better like when I get into a pick-and-roll situation, or a situation where I have to make quick decisions, you can freeze at that moment and explain everything that can possibly happen with all the different outcomes and why I chose to do what I did, versus what I could have done better,” he said. “I think hearing that from my perspective should be pretty interesting to people who either watch our games, or just play basketball themselves.”
The enrollment fee for an individual course with MasterClass is $90, and $180 gives users unlimited access to all of the courses taught by professionals and experts. Curry said one of the things he hopes to convey is how much time and preparation has gone into his style of play.
“There’s a progression to everything that I do,” he said. “So, if you watch our games and you see the way that I play and you don’t know what goes into the work behind it, then you might obviously have that opinion that if you want to play like Steph, you just show up to the court, shoot 40-footers or shoot off of one foot, try all these crazy dribble moves and that’s how you play. But, there is an education about just how much time I put into what I do.”
Between Curry’s online course and the new business venture his wife Ayesha has embarked on, the Currys have much more to offer than just entertainment.
There is one bit of ecletic wisdom that has truly stuck with me over the years. Perhaps it is from the Bible. Perhaps it is advice that was given to me by my fifth-grade teacher. Or perhaps I once saw it tattooed on Nick Young’s left arm. In any case however, it is an adage that has helped guide me through times of uncertainty, self-doubt, and offensive stagnancy alike, and it is this: [clears throat for dramatic emphasis] … shooters shoot. Yes, this is the foundational principle upon which I choose to live my life, and here are the NBA players who best embody it in its purest and most unadulterated form.
*Stats courtesy of NBA.com and Basketball Reference*
10. Jodie Meeks, SG, Washington Wizards
The veteran sharpshooter missed 125 games over the past two seasons due to injury, but let’s not forget what he’s capable of when healthy. Whether he’s hedgehogging around screens or springing free for spot-up opportunities, Meeks changes the geometry of the court as defenses contort to cover him. His reputation has been well-earned. A 2013-14 season where he netted 2.1 treys a night for the LA Lakers on 40.1 percent shooting offered a window into his upside, and it’s only a matter of time before he recovers his pre-injury form now that he is playing with a world-class creator like John Wall in Washington. Blessed is the Meeks, for he shall inherit the earth.
9. Joe Ingles, SF, Utah Jazz
Cam Newton scored a touchdown on Sunday that had seemingly everyone talking about it afterward, including Stephen Curry.
Late in the second quarter of the Panthers’ game against the Falcons, Newton scrambled out of the pocket and towards the end zone. At around the three yard line, he left his feet and extended his right arm with the ball in his hand towards the goal line. As the ball broke the plane it looked like Newton dunked on Desmond Trufant.
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) November 5, 2017
Upon seeing the play, Curry, a noted Panthers fan, joked he might have to ask Newton what that feels like.
Cam out there dunking on people now? I’ll have to ask him what that feeling is like later #iplaybelowtherim
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) November 5, 2017
Curry is, of course, one of the best shooters the NBA has ever seen. However, as he reminded us, Curry is not known for his exploits above the rim like some of the high flyers around the league. Although, he did dunk on former head coach Mark Jackson this one time.
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He’s evolved into one of the NBA’s best players, but Stephen Curry still has his mother on his back trying to limit his turnovers.
Curry confirmed on Saturday that his mother still fines him every time he turns the ball over — and he still pays up.
For the people who asked: Steph Curry's mom still fines him per turnover. He pays her in clothes or treats.
— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) November 4, 2017
Keep in mind that Curry has been doing this for three years. His turnover rate hadn’t really changed all that much during this period, but he currently has it under three for the first time since 2011-12. If it works, it works — he’s certainly been doing everything else right.
Steph Curry spent some time consoling the nephew of Devin Harris prior to Monday’s Golden State Warriors-Dallas Mavericks game.
Harris, a veteran guard for the Mavs, lost his brother last week in a car accident. Harris on Monday made his first appearance at American Airlines Center since his brother died. He was accompanied by his nine-year-old nephew, Brayden, whose father died.
The two visited with some players from both teams. Curry spent some time with the young boy, which was caught on camera.
Stephen Curry praying pregame with a kid who lost his father due to a car accident. pic.twitter.com/Fdn0C0OM0r
— alex (@KDISAWARRIOR) October 24, 2017
“I lost my brother tragically and it’s been a tough week,” Harris said to the media via the Dallas Morning News. “The family is taking it pretty hard, as you would expect them to. Probably the toughest thing I’ve had to deal with, dealing with myself, trying to explain it to his kids, my kids – it’s just been tough.
“I came to spend some time with my nephew to try to get his mind off of it.”
Harris has been granted an indefinite leave of absence as he copes with the tragic news.
Stephen Curry could be facing a suspension after he was ejected from Saturday night’s game for throwing his mouthpiece at an official, and the two-time NBA MVP is not trying to justify his actions.
Following the Golden State Warriors’ 111-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Curry admitted that he deserved to be thrown out for the way he acted.
Steph Curry calls the mouthguard throw "stupid" but says it wasn't directed at the referee pic.twitter.com/RXrxjpaC1h
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 22, 2017
“That last play I thought I got fouled,” Curry said. “My frustration boiled over. I did something stupid. I deserved to get kicked out and that’s what happened. I’ll obviously learn from it and try not to do it again.”
Curry felt he was fouled while driving to the basket in the final minute of the game. He reacted by spiking his mouthpiece in the direction of the official, for which he earned an immediate ejection.
Durant and Curry both get ejected while the Warriors fall to 1-2 pic.twitter.com/J2gqt8fEf6
— NBAFL⚡️SH (@TheNBAFlash) October 22, 2017
Curry says he will learn from his mistake, but you might remember that he earned the first ejection of his career for a similar act.