That is the summer time of Stephen Curry’s reset.
The face of a Warriors franchise that has dominated the NBA for years understands that his crew has undergone – pardon the expression, San Fran and environment – seismic change.
Gone: Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and DeMarcus Cousins.
Severely injured (torn ACL) and certain out most of subsequent season: Klay Thompson.
And for the primary time within the final half-decade, the Warriors aren’t the favorites to win the NBA Finals.
“A lot of changes,” Curry informed reporters Thursday forward of the American Century Championship celeb golf event (through the San Francisco Chronicle).
Nonetheless, whereas talking in Nevada for the primary time about these modifications, most notably Durant’s departure, Curry made it clear one factor will not change.
“The expectations of how we play, that championship-level basketball, won’t change,” he vowed. “I’m excited about it.”
That mentioned, listed here are three extra key quotes from Curry on the present state of play for the Warriors:
1. On life with out Durant.
The setup: KD reportedly offended some within the Golden State group by saying he was headed to the Nets whereas Curry was on a aircraft from China to New York to satisfy face-to-face with the two-time NBA Finals MVP.
Curry: “The three years we had were special. We had three straight Finals appearances and won two of them. We accomplished a lot as a group. Everyone talks about all the talent we had on that team, but that doesn’t mean you can put it all together. … I like to look at what we accomplished and focus on that, and be extremely proud of that run. Now we try to re-create that.”
2. On D’Angelo Russell’s arrival.
The setup: Russell comes over from the Nets and it is arduous to see how the Warriors preserve him on a max deal alongside Curry and Thompson. For now? They will make it work.
Curry: “I haven’t had much personal interaction with him. Back when he got drafted, there were some comparisons of our games. He can handle the ball, shoot, pass. Having versatile guys like that can only help our team. The chemistry will develop quickly. It’s about encouraging each other and having confidence we’ll get the most out of each other.”
3. On the old-timers exodus.
The setup: Curry has shared the management function throughout the crew’s run, however the departures of so many elderly heads places much more of an onus on Curry, who turned 31 in March.
Curry: “I’m the oldest on the team now, so I’ve got to step my game up. It’s a tough business. You knew at some point there would be some hard changes. You talk about Andre and Shaun, they’re two guys who do things the right way. They have the ultimate level of professionalism, a respect for what they say and do. They’re both three-time champs, and I think they have a lot left in the tank. It’ll be fun and weird to watch them on different teams.”