Q&A with Stephen Curry, Part II

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Q&A with Stephen Curry, Part II

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is back in the Bay Area this week, working out at the teams downtown practice facility. Curry missed most of last season with an ankle injury, and the hope is that he can return to 100 percent for the 2012-13 season.After his 90-minute workout on Thursday, Curry sat down and talked with the media. Here are some excerpts of what he said (Part II):RELATED: Q&A with Stephen Curry (Part I): 100 healthy by opening day?
On being a father: Curry: "I love it. Love it. It definitely changes a lot of things, different pace. But me and my wife, its just a blessing to have (our daughter) be part of the family. Im trying to get some sleep here and there, but just enjoying it. Great timing to be around in the summer and be with the family and get ready for the season.On personal goals for the season: Curry: "For me, I have a great opportunity to be a vocal leader on the team, lead the charge of the point guards. Hopefully guys will respond to the things I say on the floor when I try to get everybody in the right spots, right situations."I want to be the coach on the floor, an extension of coach (Mark) Jackson. I never go into a season with stats on my mind. But I think, for me, to play my game and use my teammates the best ways I can to set them up. That would make me look good and everybody look good.On what specifically his workouts consist of this week:Curry: When I get onto the court, its an hour-and-a-half of lot of shots, a lot of moving, cutting and working out of sets, getting jump shots up. Ive been playing a lot of one-on-one, working on defensive positioning, sliding your feet and staying low with (teammates Kent Bazemore and Charles Jenkins)."Thats the part thats most beneficial while Im here, working out with our guys, pushing each other and playing in competitive situations, which I havent done since March. Feels good to be able to do that and feel healthy.More on personal goals: Curry: "Make the playoffs and whatever personal accolades come from that somebody is doing something well. If its me, whoever, doesnt matter as long as were relevant come the third week of April and not planning beach trips.On when his frustration reached its worst point: Curry: "Probably obviously the time I did it on March 10 against Dallas, when I played about four games straight and made a simple pivot move to change the ball from side to side and landed on somebodys foot and twisted it.The way that I hurt myself was frustrating. That was the point where I had gotten some momentum in the second half of the season and it stopped just like that."That was probably the toughest time and then after that I didnt play again.Just being patient for that first month, trying to get back and then getting to the point where we ran out of time.On possible contract extension weighing on his mind: Curry: "Its not. Thats my agent and (general manager) Bob (Myers) having a meeting, talking about it, and Ill make a decision once the details are out. Whether I get an extension or not Ive still got to play this year and be healthy. Thats my only goal, my only focus.It would be great to get that done. I want to be here in Golden State, be a part of the future were trying to build here. Its not like Im trying to skip out or do anything else. If they make a great offer, Im definitely going to take it.

Zaza on All-Star vote spotlight: 'This is a special moment'

Zaza on All-Star vote spotlight: 'This is a special moment'

Zaza Pachulia was the People’s Choice. The Warriors center received 1,528,941 votes from fans eager to see him start in the NBA All-Star Game.

Pachulia in the final fan voting announced Thursday finished behind only teammate Kevin Durant among frontcourt players in the Western Conference. Zaza had more votes than Spurs star Kawhi Leonard (1,058,941) or Pelicans star Anthony Davis (974,802), both of whom will be starting for the West. 

With an extremely strong showing from voters in his native land, the Republic of Georgia, Pachulia finished precisely 613,068 votes ahead of Warriors teammate Draymond Green, who was an All-Star last season.

Yet Pachulia won’t join the All-Stars that flock to New Orleans from Feb. 16-19. The NBA prior to the season changed the voting procedure to ensure fans didn’t have complete control of the starting lineups.

Once the province of fan voting, the starting lineups are determined by a combination of fan voting (50 percent), player voting (25 percent) and media voting (25 percent). This way, a strong showing among fans hardly ensures a starting spot.

Some refer to this alteration as The Zaza Rule, as it was instituted Pachulia nearly made the team last season as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

And Pachulia is OK with that. He made it clear weeks ago, when his numbers were dwarfing those of players who have made multiple All-Star appearances, the most important aspect of the voting was not how he finished but the incredible support of his fellow Georgians.

“It’s such an overwhelming situation,” Pachulia said a couple weeks ago. “You’re not talking about a couple of thousand (votes). There’s hundreds of thousands. And with such a small country like Georgia, there are only 3.5 million people. The whole country’s involved in it.”

Pachulia, in fact, saw the humor in the matter. He knows his stats don’t compare to those of the league’s elite big men. He knows there is no single element of his game that the average fan would find irresistible.

He even knows he doesn’t belong in the NBA’s showcase game, with many of the players destined for the Hall of Fame.

“It’s just happening. All I can do is just sit back and enjoy and be thankful -- be really thankful -- for all of this,” Pachulia said. “Because I’m telling you, like you can get as mad as you want, you can be as happy as you want, but you can’t buy this. This is a special moment and I really appreciate the support. And that’s what I care about.

“I don’t care about being an All-Star, the fame that comes with it, the recognition that comes with it. I care about the support and the love I’m getting.”

Believe him. He’d prefer to enjoy the time with his family even more than he would have enjoyed the game itself.

Steph Curry, Kevin Durant named starters in 2017 All-Star Game

Steph Curry, Kevin Durant named starters in 2017 All-Star Game

Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been voted to start the NBA All-Star Game for the fourth consecutive season, and this time there was a measure of suspense.

Curry will join Rockets guard James Harden in the backcourt for the Western Conference squad, as voters snubbed MVP candidate and triple-double specialist Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City.

Joining Curry and Harden in the starting lineup for the West will be Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis.

A combination of fan balloting (50 percent), player balloting (25 percent) and media balloting (25 percent) comprises the overall vote.

Curry’s selection is sure to generate considerable debate, as Westbrook leads the league in scoring (30.6 points per game), is second in assists and 11th (10.4) in rebounding (10.6). Westbrook also leads the league in PER at 29.56.

Moreover, he is bidding to become the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double over the course of a full season.

Coming off back-to-back MVP seasons, Curry ranks 12th in scoring (24.6 points per game), 15th in assists (6.1), second in 3-pointers made (158) and eighth in steals (1.81). His 92.6-percent shooting from the line ranks second in the NBA.

He is the first Warrior since Wilt Chamberlain to start four straight All-Star games.

Durant, in his first season with the Warriors, leads the team in scoring (26.2) and blocks (1.71) and double-doubles (16). He’s second in rebounding (8.6) and third in assists (4.7). His 54.4-percent shooting from the field is 10th in the league and tops among perimeter players.

Durant will be making his eighth appearance, and his fifth as a starter.

The Eastern Conference starters are as follows: guards Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers and DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors, with frontcourt players LeBron James of the Cavs, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks and Jimmy Butler of the Bulls.

All-Star reserves, which are chosen by NBA coaches, will be announced on Jan. 26.