Remember that thin little guard who led Davidson to within a bucket of the Final Four in 2008? Well, he’s now one of the best players in the NBA.
Yes, Stephen Curry has delivered monster seasons in back-to-back years, averaging 22.9 points and 6.9 assists in 2012-13 and a career-high 24.0 points and 8.5 assists this past season.
Needless to say, Curry, 26, is fully healed from the ankle surgery that limited him to 26 games in 2011.
“I’m trying to establish myself as the best point guard in the league,” Curry said on The Morning Show. “That quest for a championship is something that I value highly. As an organization, Golden State hasn’t experienced that since the ’70s. Right now, I feel like we’re contending for that and have a solid window to try to get that done. So that’s my mission. Personal (accolades) will (only be) a part of that mission.”
Did we mention that Curry is fully healtyh?
“I had two ankle surgeries and I’ve finally been able to battle back from that,” he said. “I’m just trying to continue to do more and get better.”
New Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who knows a thing or two about shooting and winning, should be able to help. Kerr replaced Mark Jackson, who was fired in May despite leading Golden State to one of its best seasons in franchise history.
“There was a little transition period (after) Coach Jackson (was) let go so soon after our playoff run,” Curry said. “But Coach Kerr has great experience as a winner, playing for two great head coaches in Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich. The systems and the preparation he’s going to try to put in . . . will utilize the talents we have (on) the roster. Training camp’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be fun.”
Kerr will be Curry’s fourth head coach in six years – and that doesn’t include Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Curry was on the bench when teammate Paul George suffered a horrific leg injury that will force him to miss the entire 2014-15 NBA season.
“It was one of those plays that happens at least 10 times a game – a guy going for a lay-up and a guy trying to block him,” Curry said, still in disbelief. “I saw him go down. It looked awkward, but you don’t really know what happened until you focus on his leg. It kind of catches you off guard for sure. Everyone was in shock on the team. Going home, we had a little break in between that game and reporting to Chicago for the next part of training camp. Guys just (wanted) to recover and gather themselves.”
Curry admits there were moments of hesitation in the days following the injury.
“You can’t get it out of your head,” he said. “Guys you play against during the season and a colleague going down like that – it was tough. You want to just kind of assess why you play. Obviously any time you play basketball, you put yourself at risk to get injured, but you can’t think like that. This is a great opportunity for us to represent our country, win a gold medal, continue that dominance we’ve had internationally and hopefully gear up for an Olympic run in two years. I’m committed to it. Hopefully we can win that gold for Paul because he obviously would love to be there with us.”