As the Golden State Warriors get ready to start playing basketball again for the first time in over nine months, star guard Stephen Curry acknowledged that he is looking forward to the challenge of trying to lead the team back to the top in the wake of the major roster shuffling Golden State has undergone.
“To kind of have a fresh reset from the five-year run was — I wouldn’t call it necessary because I would have loved to have been playing last year, but it was useful,” Curry said Wednesday during an interview on “Damon, Ratto & Kolsky” on KGMZ-FM 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. “And now it’s about turning that into momentum coming in this season. And I think a leader, and with me [and] Draymond [Green] and what we have to accomplish this year, hopefully gives us a little chip on our shoulder, a fresh perspective, and understanding what the challenge is ahead of us. We’ve had a lot of successes, a lot of experiences these last five years, [it’s] been a crazy roller coaster. It almost feels like we’re starting at ground zero again which is kind of awesome.”
Curry, who played in just five games last season while recovering from a broken left hand, is hungry to prove to the rest of the NBA that the Warriors’ run of dominance isn’t over.
One of the reasons Curry remains optimistic, despite the loss of All-Star swingman Klay Thompson to a season-ending Achilles tendon injury, is that he’s confident that veteran Green will provide the leadership and intensity needed to fuel a Warriors renaissance. Curry knows that some in the league are questioning whether Green, who will be 31 in March, can still play at the same high level as he enters the second half of his career. But Curry is confident that the man who helped deliver three titles to the Warriors will rise to the occasion once again.
“This guy, Draymond Green, who we’ve known has been counted out before he even stepped foot on the NBA level, has always found a way to figure it out and found a way to be impactful at the highest level, that defensive monster and impact winning games, so I have the utmost confidence in the way he’s kind of been talking to be personally and just understanding what we have to accomplish left together.
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