The Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 134-123 on Monday night for their first win of the season, which led Stephen Curry to respond to some of those taking shots at his team.
After the game, Curry made mention of those who have kicked the Warriors while they were down after an 0-2 start. He said it’s easy for them to take shots at the team while they’re retooling, and he says that’s fine.
Steph Curry: "Everybody loves to label you when you're down, when you're losing. That's easy. It's easy to go on TV and say whatever you want. It's easy to throw darts at a team trying to figure it out…Say whatever you want to fill that 24-hour news cycle. It's cool with us."
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 29, 2019
Among those taking shots at the Warriors was Kendrick Perkins, a former Cavaliers player who holds a bias against Golden State due to his rivalry with them as a player.
Golden State is an easy target because they were so stacked and so good the last five years. Some fans and teams like seeing them fall back to earth after being almost unfairly good during their run, which saw them win three championships. But they lost Kevin Durant over the summer and Klay Thompson is recovering from a torn ACL. On top of that, they traded Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston retired. Plus Willie Cauley-Stein and Kevon Looney are currently injured.
The Warriors are beginning the season in a rough way and their leaders understand that. And they’re prepared to take on all haters.
- Stephen Curry
Kendrick Perkins was critical of the Golden State Warriors even when they were dominating the entire NBA en route to multiple championships, so it’s hardly a surprise that the former NBA big man is wasting no time dumping on them now that they are rebuilding.
As the Warriors were getting blown out for a second straight game against the Oklahoma City on Sunday, Perkins said he views this season as an opportunity to see what Stephen Curry and Steve Kerr are really made of. In Perk’s mind, not having Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant is not an excuse to fall into the toilet.
Thunder giving Golden State that work right now! It’s no Fun when the Rabbit got the Gun! Now we get to see what Steve Kerr is really about!!!
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) October 27, 2019
We calling our Kerr but same for Steph. His job is to keep them in games no matter what. The same way Russ, Bron and other elite players had to do when they were short handed.
Getting blown out is not excused when you’re elite.
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) October 28, 2019
Perkins thinks Curry — a two-time NBA MVP — is overrated. He crushed him during the NBA Finals last season and said he comes up small in big situations but always gets a pass from the media. If Curry can’t carry the Warriors to at least a decent season, Perkins will likely feel his point has been proven.
Of course, Perkins is biased. His Cleveland Cavaliers teams lost to the Warriors twice in the NBA Finals, and he has a history of bad blood with Curry and some of his teammates. A lot of people are going to enjoy watching Golden State struggle this year, and Perkins is certainly among them.
Leave it to Michael Jordan to throw some shade at a current NBA star.
Jordan sat down with NBC’s Craig Melvin for an interview on “Today” to talk about the two medical clinics he and his family funded in Charlotte to help underprivileged people. During the interview, MJ was asked whether he would still take Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, James Worthy and Scottie Pippen as his four teammates going up against anyone. He said he would. Melvin brought up Steph Curry, and that’s when MJ said Curry wasn’t a Hall of Famer yet.
Michael Jordan claims Stephen Curry is not a Hall Of FAMER yet. pic.twitter.com/0Ul9iRbPVT
— League Alerts (@LEAGUEALERTSOFF) October 22, 2019
“He’s still a great player. Not a Hall of Famer yet, though. He’s not,” MJ said, punctuating his point.
Jordan is notorious for giving great players a hard time. He used to do the same with LeBron James.
Curry has already made six All-Star teams, won three championships, two NBA MVP awards, a scoring title, and he is the greatest shooter in the history of the sport. He is a career 43.6 percent 3-point shooter. He has revolutionized the game. If he retired tomorrow, he’d be a Hall of Famer. Michael is crazy for saying otherwise.
Steph Curry responded on Wednesday to Kevin Durant’s recent remarks about never feeling fully accepted by the Golden State Warriors.
Durant, who chose to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency, was the subject of a feature in the Wall Street Journal last week. In the article, Durant reiterated a point he’s made in the past about feeling like an outsider on the Warriors.
“As time went on, I started to realize I’m just different from the rest of the guys. It’s not a bad thing. Just my circumstances and how I came up in the league. And on top of that, the media always looked at it like KD and the Warriors. So it’s like nobody could get a full acceptance of me there,” Durant said.
Curry, who was drafted by the Warriors in 2009 and has spent his entire career with the team, talked about Durant’s remarks during an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols on Wednesday.
“I mean, that’s tough,” Curry said of Durant’s remarks. “There’s so many narratives that go on, especially when you’re at the top of the league. No matter how, you know, the full transition happens to Brooklyn, him separating himself from the Warriors — that’s gonna happen. I think he knows, you know, what we were about as teammates, what we were about as friends on and off the court. And again, nobody is gonna take away the accomplishments we had. But at the end of the day, whatever he, you know, needed to do to make that decision and however he wants to explain that — that’s just what’s gonna happen.”
That’s a lot of words from Curry that don’t say much. It’s a very professional, non-controversial answer. He’s looking to try and see the bright side and talk about what they accomplished. But he’s probably sick of Durant’s complaining at this point, especially about issues that were always going to exist. Durant was not part of the core of Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson; he was joining them. Of course he was always going to be a little different. How is KD the only one who doesn’t see that?
In the Wall Street Journal piece, Durant also complained about the Warriors’ motion offense.
“The motion offense we run in Golden State, it only works to a certain point,” Durant said.
Curry was asked about that.
“Well, I don’t care what plays we ran,” Curry said. “We won two championships. And at the end of the day, we had a lot of talent and there was an expectation of us figuring out how to balance all that. And we talked a lot about it throughout the three-year run. It wasn’t always perfect, but I think in terms of, you know, the results and what we were able to do on the floor, that kinda speaks for itself. We all wanna play iso-ball at the end of the day in some way, shape or form. But I’d rather have some championships, too.”
You really can’t get much better in terms of answers than what Curry offered. He’s probably perturbed by some of Durant’s comments but certainly not showing it. One report said he was bothered by the timing of Durant’s Nets announcement. If he was, he’s not showing it through his comments.
Ayesha Curry was mocked by Twitter trolls for having a good time at the opening of her restaurant this week, and her husband had her back as usual.
Mrs. Curry and celebrity chef Michael Mina were in Del Mar, Calif., to open their fourth International Smoke location. Ayesha was enjoying the night and decided to bust out the popular “Milly Rock” dance, which drew some criticism from the bowels of the internet.
— HOT 97 (@HOT97) July 17, 2019
After Ayesha was taunted with several memes and tweets, Stephen Curry responded to the trolls with an Instagram live video.
Steph Curry responds to the (very odd) social media critiques of Ayesha Curry dancing at her restaurant opening: pic.twitter.com/n59pW3UTBg
— Brady Klopfer (@BradyKlopferNBA) July 17, 2019
“Slow news day today I see, huh? Just make sure y’all send me the video of you dancing at your own restaurant opening,” Steph said.
Steph and Ayesha always have each other’s backs, which we saw during the playoffs with the way Ayesha went at Drake on social media. This time, it was Steph who decided to fight off the trolls.
Stephen Curry could be looking at his biggest workload in years next season, and he’s ready to dive in headfirst.
In an interview with The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II that ran Sunday, the Golden State Warriors star was asked if he had plans for load management.
“Hell nah,” Curry replied. “We’ve got a great opportunity to build something special with some hungry guys looking to prove themselves. There are so many narratives people can throw at us. But at the end of the day, I’ve never been the type to show up with any other mindset than to do what you do — hoop. We’ve got championship DNA. We know that.
“We’ve got our core, when Klay [Thompson] gets back,” the former MVP added. “It’s going to be an interesting year, for sure, all the way around. It’s going to be challenging to really find that momentum early. But with the new arena, losing the Finals, this summer is a different vibe. Keeps you locked in.”
After sharing the lead singer role with Kevin Durant for the last three seasons, Curry may now have a chance to return to a volume akin to his 2015-16 MVP campaign, especially with Thompson likely to miss the year with a torn ACL.
Though Curry is about to enter his 11th NBA season at age 31, the increased opportunity as well as the added motivation should help him power through.
- Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry went out of his way to meet with Kevin Durant after Durant announced on Sunday that he was signing with the Brooklyn Nets, and many were surprised that Curry flew such a long way just to say goodbye. It would make more sense, however, if Curry was flying around the world to convince Durant to re-sign with the Golden State Warriors and never got a chance to give his pitch.
Marcus Thompson of The Athletic reported that Curry flew from China to New York to meet with Durant, but the trip ended up being about “respect” and “thanks” rather than recruiting. Thompson added that Curry wanted to be there “to wish Durant happiness and peace (and) express his support for his decision,” but it seems obvious his initial goal was to make one final pitch to KD. According to Bill Simmons, the fact that Durant did not even give Curry that opportunity irritated the Warriors.
Here’s some of what Simmons said about the situation on the latest episode of his podcast.
“The Warriors still feel like they have a puncher’s chance to get him — enough that Curry is going to fly back from Shanghai to New York and land on Sunday night, right after free agency starts, and he has this determined time with KD to just talk with him and put a bow on everything,” Simmons said. “Either, ‘Hey man, here’s how we feel about you…’ and convince him to stay, and if Durant’s not gonna stay they’ll talk about that.”
For whatever reason, Durant didn’t wait until Curry arrived to announce his decision. Simmons was told that that surprised the two-time NBA MVP and rubbed the Warriors the wrong way.
“About an hour before the plane lands, all of a sudden it’s KD is gonna be announcing on his Instagram that night, all this stuff and Curry’s like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then it gets announced he’s signing with Brooklyn,” Simmons said. “Curry’s plane hasn’t landed yet. He lands and decides to do the dignified thing and he goes to meet KD anyway, basically to say goodbye to him. But, from what I’ve heard, the Warriors took that personally.”
Curry is a classy guy, but flying 16 hours from China to New York just to hang out with Durant and support his decision seems like a grand gesture even for him. It’s not hard to believe he still felt he had a chance to persuade Durant, and maybe Durant gave him the impression he’d hear him out.
The relationship between Curry and Durant sounds like it was a bit complicated, so perhaps Durant didn’t want anyone else trying to change his mind. We’ll probably never know.