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Steph Curry shows off new braids hairstyle

Steph Curry braids

Steph Curry is rocking the braids.

Curry represented the Golden State Warriors during ESPN’s telecast of the NBA Draft Lottery on Thursday. The Warriors star had a new hairstyle and a tan that was evident.

Some fans thought the braids were a sign that Curry means business for next season.

The Warriors finished with the worst record in the league this season. Curry only played in five games and averaged 20.8 points per game, which was his lowest mark since his third season in the league. He and the Warriors have a lot to prove next season.

Steph Curry tells Kenny Smith he’s crazy for Lillard comment

Steph Curry

Steph Curry had a response for Kenny Smith after being called out on Tuesday night.

Smith praised Damian Lillard for scoring 34 points in Portland’s Game 1 win over the Lakers on Tuesday. The TNT analyst was particularly impressed with Lillard making a 3-pointer from way deep during the Blazers’ win. That led him to challenge Curry during “Inside the NBA” after the game.

“I don’t think you could shoot as deep as him, Steph. I gotta see it when you come back,” Smith said.

Curry heard the comment and told Smith he was crazy for thinking that.

Curry remade the NBA by taking shots from almost any distance, and making them with regularity. That has since inspired a generation of players to confidently attempt 3-pointers from extremely long distances. Lillard is the latest player to pull up and shoot long-range threes often, and he’s doing so successfully. This is all probably motivation for Curry, who admitted he had FOMO over his Warriors not qualifying for the NBA’s restart.

Steph Curry has FOMO over not being part of NBA restart

Steph Curry

The NBA playoffs nearing usually means it is time for Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors to shine. This year, they are nowhere to be found, and that is unusual for Curry.

At 15-50, the Warriors had the worst record in the league when the NBA shut down in March. They were one of eight teams not invited to participate in the league’s resumed season in Orlando.

In an interview with The New York Times’ Marc Stein, Curry said he’s had FOMO (fear of missing out) over not being part of the restart

“Obviously I was happy to see basketball back on TV, but that first week I had major FOMO,” Curry told Stein.

Curry also said that once he started seeing his peers compete in games, he began to miss the competition badly.

Now 32, Curry only played in five games this season due to a hand injury suffered in October. His Warriors had a losing season for the first time since 2011-2012, which was also the last time they did not make the playoffs. The extra time has allowed Curry to enjoy some special events. Similarly, his teammate, Draymond Green, did some TV commentary recently, which got him in trouble.

Steph Curry among spectators at PGA Championship in San Francisco

Steph Curry

Steph Curry has some time on his hands since his Golden State Warriors did not qualify for the NBA restart in Orlando, Fla., and he is spending it watching some high-quality golf.

The two-time NBA MVP was among the spectators enjoying the PGA Championship in San Francisco, Calif. on Sunday. He was photographed hanging out around the seventh green at Harding Park.

Curry is a big golf fan and enjoys playing the sport. He also is sponsored by Under Armour and has a relationship with the company’s other athletes, like Jordan Spieth. So it’s no surprise to see him watching the event when it’s nearby his home in the Bay Area.

The 32-year-old guard only played in five games this season due to a lengthy recovery from a hand injury suffered in October. His Warriors finished the season 15-50, which is the worst mark in the league.

Steph Curry has clever Instagram post for anniversary with wife Ayesha

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors did not qualify to take part in the resumption of the NBA season, but the two-time MVP seems to be making the most of his time off.

Curry shared an Instagram post on Thursday wishing his wife Ayesha a happy nine-year anniversary. The location he tagged for the post was “My Own Bubble,” which was obviously a reference to the NBA’s bubble campus in Orlando.

“Hey @ayeshacurry. Nine years in. And what they say? Forever to go! I love you. Thank you for always making me better, for pushing me, for keeping it real with me, for bringing light and energy to every room you walk in, for showing our kids what it means to be passionate and caring and loving, for always being my eyes and ears, Traveling with me on every high and every low, and most importantly….for always being unapologetically you!” Curry wrote.

Steph and Ayesha have been fairly open about their relationship, with Ayesha admitting last year that she is terrified by the Warriors star not deleting some of the “spicy” photos she has sent him. They’ve also been extremely supportive of one another publicly, with Steph once firing back at trolls who mocked Ayesha over her dance moves.

While the season did not go as planned for the Warriors after Kevin Durant left and Curry and Klay Thompson both suffered injuries, Curry is clearly enjoying the extra free time he has.

Steph Curry sums up thoughts on having NBA back with timely tweet

Steph Curry

Steph Curry captured the feelings of many fans and players around the NBA with a perfect, timely tweet on Thursday.

The NBA on Thursday returned for the first time since shutting down the season in March due to the coronavirus. The Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans played the first game and were followed by the Los Angeles Lakers against the Clippers.

Curry’s Golden State Warriors did not qualify for the restart, which allowed him the chance to watch as a TV viewer. He demonstrated his fondness for his fellow NBA players and recognized how nice it was to have the league back.

Seeing the league back and playing meaningful games again was great for fans and even fellow players. The Jazz and Pelicans treated fans to a close contest, and even gave us our first controversy to discuss.

Warriors plan to start managing Stephen Curry’s minutes next season

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry will be entering Year 12 in the NBA come next season, and the Golden State Warriors would like to adopt a more conservative approach with him moving forward.

Speaking this week on the “Hoops, Adjacent” podcast with The Athletic’s David Aldridge, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr indicated that the team is going to start managing Curry’s minutes.

“Now, he’s at the point where he’s been at the peak of his powers for the last couple of years,” Kerr said. “If anything, it’s on us to try to begin to manage his minutes. We’ve always been really blessed. We’ve been able to do that because of the talent on our team. We’ve never really run Steph into the ground. We don’t have as much depth as we once did. It’s on us as a coaching staff to make sure we get him his rest every night, and we’re not wearing him out.”

Curry, who will be 33 next season, has averaged 34.3 minutes a game for his career. A broken left hand derailed the two-time MVP’s 2019-20 season after just five games though, forcing the Warriors to consider his long-term health.

Some close to Curry think that he might even be able to play into his 40s, but for that to even stand a chance of happening, the Warriors will indeed have to start gradually easing his load. It sounds like that process could begin the next time that we see Curry in action.

Warriors GM shares exact moment he knew Steph Curry was ‘different’

Stephen Curry

Very few people envisioned Stephen Curry becoming a two-time NBA MVP when the Golden State Warriors drafted him with the seventh overall pick in 2009, and it took a few years before he really become a star. For Warriors general manager Bob Myers, there was one moment in particular that proved Curry was the type of player that doesn’t come around very often.

Wednesday marked the 11-year anniversary of the Warriors drafting Curry, and Myers joined 95.7 The Game for “Steph Curry Appreciation Day.” During his interview, Myers revealed that he knew Curry was “different” when the former Davidson star buried a three-pointer on one leg during Game 2 of the 2013 Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs.

“He came off a screen at the top and he took a one-footed 3-point shot — in the halfcourt,” Myers said, as transcribed by Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I looked at Travis (Schlenk) — our assistant GM at the time — and said, ‘Did he just shoot that off one foot?’ It looked so natural. I said, ‘This guy is different, man.'”

Myers said that was the moment he became convinced Curry was more than just a great NBA player.

“That is so unusual and the way he did it. There’s a difference between being great and transcendent,” Myers added. “There are a lot of great players in the NBA, but then there’s the ones like Steph that go beyond that category.”

You can see a video of the circus shot below. Like so many other insanely difficult shots he has hit throughout his career, Curry made it look easy.

Myers joined Golden State’s front office in 2011, and he has no problem admitting he was “lucky” to inherit such a special talent like Curry. Being able to build around an MVP-caliber player helped the Warriors win three NBA championships and become one of the premier franchises in sports.

Curry has battled a number of injuries over the past year, but the Warriors should bounce back quickly if he’s healthy entering next season.

Several NBA stars want to resume season

Chris Paul

Several NBA stars want to resume the current season, according to a report.

Yahoo’s Chris B. Haynes reported on Tuesday that Chris Paul, who is the president of the players’ association, arranged a call with many other top players in the league to discuss the resumption of the season. Haynes says the call included LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook.

All players agreed that they wanted to resume the current season when it is safe. The belief is that the superstars all being on the same page will influence the direction of the league.

With the exception of Curry, Durant and Lillard, the players on that call mostly are on championship-contending teams, and therefore would have more incentive to resume the season. Haynes says many players not on playoff contenders feel the season should only resume with playoff teams to minimize the risk of virus exposure.

One issue some players are considering is that the next collective bargaining agreement would be negatively affected if the season were not resumed. That is a concern that was raised by one veteran player.

Kevin Durant was sensitive about fans favoring Steph Curry over him

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant has moved on from Golden State and was in his first season with the Brooklyn Nets prior to the league going on hiatus. KD spent the three previous seasons with the Warriors, winning two championships and losing in the Finals last season. KD suffered a calf injury early in the playoffs and a torn Achilles tendon when he tried to return in the Finals.

During his time with the Warriors, Durant did not feel like he completely fit in. One of his big issues was he felt fans were forced to pick between him and Steph Curry at times. He even accused one writer of trying to drive a wedge between them.

Ethan Strauss has written a new book called “The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty,” and an excerpt from the book was published this week. In the excerpt, Strauss details an exchange he had with Durant on Jan. 5, 2019. The exchange came a day after Strauss wrote an article saying the Warriors sometimes sacrifice efficiency in their play in order to placate Durant.

Strauss writes in the first person in recalling the exchange:

I tried to make a few points, saying I didn’t begrudge him for having leverage with his contract, and insisted that I had good reason to write what I wrote. KD wasn’t impressed and accused me of trying to “rile up Steph’s fans.”

He expressed that this was a constant theme in the Bay. All of us local guys just wanted to kiss Steph’s a– at his expense. This was KD’s consistent lament. He would frequently squabble in direct-message conversations with the Warriors fans of Twitter, frequently accusing them of favoring Steph at his expense.

In one such exchange that foreshadowed things to come, he was asked by the WarriorsWorld account whether two-time MVP Steph Curry or Kyrie Irving was the better player. “I gotta really sit down and analyze it,” Durant demurred.

Durant has long been a sensitive person who is affected more by fan and media negativity than the average player. And even when Curry was trying to defend KD, the issues seemed to become too much for Durant by the end of his time in Golden State, leading him to leave the team.

In some regards, the dynamic between two superstars on the same team makes for a great talking point with the media, so yes, Durant is correct about the media’s narrative. On the other side, Durant also needs to learn to let it go, but instead he too often did not. Maybe it’s a lot easier said than done.