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.
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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.
Steph Curry had to issue a correction to a media outlet after they got a quote of his wrong regarding the way he handled the Golden State Warriors’ NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Curry’s Warriors lost in Game 6 of the NBA Finals at home at Oracle Arena. Even though his season had ended in disappointment, he didn’t sulk afterwards. Instead, he and his team of people (e.g. family, agents) gathered at his house. Complex Sports shared a quote about that from an interview they did with Curry and got it confused, saying the Warriors as a team celebrated at Curry’s house.
Steph went on Twitter to set the record straight that it was his personal team, not the Warriors, who celebrated with him.
Not correct!!! I said "my team" as in my family and my friends that were with me at the game.
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) June 27, 2019
It really wouldn’t make much sense for the Warriors as a team to be celebrating the loss together. But it does make sense that Curry individually chose to take a big-picture view and celebrate all the Warriors have achieved.
The story actually had been told before by Ramona Shelburne, along with a few additional details. She said Curry and his family ate In-N-Out Burger and played video golf throughout the night. That makes it sound much more like a splurge after something doesn’t go your way, like a comforting sympathy pint of ice cream.
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Ayesha Curry admits she sends husband Steph “spicy” photos to keep things fresh while he’s on the road.
Ayesha was on E! News’ “Daily Pop” to talk about her new show “Family Food Fight”. She was asked whether she sends Steph “spicy photos” while he’s on the road and said she sends him “hundreds. Hundreds of them.”
Ayesha was then asked if she was worried about Steph being hacked and the photos going public.
“Absolutely! And he won’t delete them off his phone,” Ayesha said. “And he’s not that secure, this phone. It’s actually one of the scariest things in my life. But that’s why I (only take them) neck down.”
So that’s the strategy: only go neck down that way you cannot be positively identified as being part of the photo. But if Steph’s phone were ever hacked and the pictures came up, people would know who they came from.
Ayesha, who has three children with Steph, recently complained about craving attention that has gone away now that she’s a mother. She even opened up about a botched plastic surgery she endured.
Here’s video of her interview:
Kendrick Perkins has made it no secret that he is not a Stephen Curry fan, and it is no surprise that he seems to be celebrating the fact that the two-time NBA MVP came up short of winning a third consecutive championship this year.
After the Golden State Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Perkins ranted on the “Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Show” podcast about how Curry continues to get “pass after pass after pass” for poor performances in big games.
Kendrick Perkins went IN on Steph lmao. pic.twitter.com/v0bpSl0h5T
— Boogie Bousins (@bansky) June 14, 2019
“I feel like it’s unfair because any other superstar in the league don’t get as many passes as Steph Curry,” Perkins said. “Steph Curry gets pass after pass after pass, and he never steps up to the big plate. Think about this, the shots that Klay Thompson hit tonight, they wasn’t just easy shots. He had two or three people on him at times.”
Perkins went on to call Curry an “all-time great” and said he is not trying to take anything away from him, but that seems to be exactly what he is doing. Perk also tweeted during Game 4 that he expected everyone to make excuses for Curry and say Thompson’s return had a negative impact on him.
I guess Klay return is messing up Steph rhythm? That will be the excuse everyone gives him tomorrow!
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) June 8, 2019
Whether you want to label it an excuse or not, it does seem that people talk
a lot about nagging injuries every time Curry has a rough game in the postseason. He shot just 29.4 percent from three-point range over the last three games of the NBA Finals and 40.3 percent from the field overall. Curry was battling a finger injury that he admitted was an issue, but almost everyone is playing hurt to some degree in the playoffs.
All that said, it’s impossible for Perkins to convince anyone he is unbiased. 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. It makes sense that he pounced on the opportunity to bash Curry for a rough postseason.
Steph Curry got away with a blatant carry in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.
Late in the first quarter of the game between his Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors, Curry completely carried over as he dribbled around Danny Green before taking a shot. The carry could not have been more obvious:
— Overtime (@overtime) June 6, 2019
Nothing was called by the officials, which allowed Curry to maintain possession and make a deep 3-pointer.
With Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney out due to injuries, Curry had to carry the team in the first quarter and did so with 17 points. He also got away with one on that play.
One ex-Toronto Raptor was not pleased with Stephen Curry’s antics during Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
In the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors’ 109-104 win on Sunday, Curry, who was not in the game at the time, came all the way from the Dubs’ bench to celebrate a Quinn Cook three-pointer while play was still going.
Steph Curry ran all the way down the sideline to celebrate with Quinn Cook. pic.twitter.com/NpTIuCu6Ep
— ESPN (@espn) June 3, 2019
In response, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Patrick Patterson, who formerly played for the Raptors, tweeted his displeasure with the sequence. He also tagged the official NBA and NBA Referees accounts calling for action.
— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) June 3, 2019
Patterson was with Toronto for four seasons from 2013 to 2017, overlapping with current Raptors players Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, Serge Ibaka, and Pascal Siakam.
Curry, meanwhile, later got T’d up at a crucial moment in the game, so he probably needs to do a better job of toning down his behavior going forward.