Q&A with Stephen Curry


Q&A with Stephen Curry

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.

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After his 90-minute workout on Thursday, Curry sat down and talked with the media. Here are some excerpts of what he said:On how hes feeling:Curry: Im feeling great. I know Ive said it before but, being out since March, having surgery in April and my last two-and-a-half months of rehab, its been a good process and Im being patient with it. Right now, being able to doing a fullcourt workout and not having any soreness and tightness, its very optimistic where Im at. It can only get better because theres still five weeks till training camp.On whether theres anything he cant do right now:Curry: "Just playing five-on-five right now. Im just making sure when Im reacting, making cuts, especially on the defensive end that my ankle is responding in the right way. I know it will, but right now Im just taking each step. Ill probably give it a try (five-on-five) when guys come back before training camp."Training camp is a good time to get your rhythm back and get with the team, but I want to have some kind of playing time before I get into that situation. So, thats good for me, to go at least a week or two before (Oct. 3).On whether he has doubts hell be 100 percent by the start of the season:Curry: No, none at all. None at all. The whole point of having surgery when I did (April) and being patient with my rehab was so that on Oct.. 31 I wouldnt have restrictions or hesitancy about going out and playing. Thats whats going to happen.On the frustration of not knowing why he tweaked his ankle so much the past two years or whether he feels he knows why that happened:Curry: "I have a guess. It would be not giving it enough rest when I first started having the sprains, not giving it (enough time) when they were pretty serious sprains and trying to get back and play. That probably didnt bode well for longevity when it comes to going through a season. Like I said, with rehab youre trying to get it strong, trying to get your balance right. And during the season you dont have that much time. It might feel good, but the power and the strength and the balance isnt there to get you through those dynamic moments you have to do on the court. Thats probably why it started."Right now, my mindset is Im not worried about anything thats happened in the past. Weve taken every step to get myself in the right position coming into training camp this year. So Im not going to worry about why Ive had to endure a tough two years. Its just time to move forward.On what he thought of the Warriors offseason:Curry: They did a great job of getting some depth. The top to bottom of our roster looks good. We have veteran guys and young talent. Practices are going to be fun this year. We have depth at every position to really challenge each other in training camp. On paper were a playoff team so we have to figure out how to turn that into wins during the season and take advantage of the roster theyve put together.On what kind of style he thinks the Warriors will play this year: Curry: "I dont know. We still have some speed. Obviously without Monta (Ellis) its not as dynamic with that approach. But with (Andrew) Bogut and David Lee being such good passing big men and with myself, Klay Thompson and Jarrett coming in, well be able to space and work around Bogut and D.Lee in the post and attack the lanes."Were going to be a great shooting team. We dont want to fall in love with that, but we know well be able to do that well. We just have to have a balanced attack on feeding the post and using our size now that we have it."Defensively we have to keep working on on-ball defense and with the size we have, using our big men to anchor our defense down low. Weve got to keep them out of foul trouble and keep them on the floor.On where he sees the Warriors in the Western Conference playoff picture: Curry: Size-wise we match up with just about any team in the league. You dont have the questions of the small backcourt going into the season. I think we can be really good. If you look at the talent we have, there are guys who have established themselves in the league. I think we are a playoff team. Its easy to say that and you have to make it happen.Looking at the West its still tough. Some teams have shifted a little bit, but its still a tough conference to grab a playoff spot, but thats our goal, to figure out a way to get in there.

Livingston on Kerr: 'He’s our leader ... somebody that we count on'

Livingston on Kerr: 'He’s our leader ... somebody that we count on'

OAKLAND -- Though much has been said about the agonies and challenges facing Steve Kerr, including speculation about when, or if, he’ll return as head coach of the Warriors, little has been put into words that capture the significance of his absence.

This is perhaps because it can be difficult to explain how one man is able to influence a roster of supremely talented athletes, at the wealthiest point of life, with wildly divergent personalities, at different career stages.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, a man who knows perspective as well as anyone in the NBA, took a moment Saturday to cut through the palaver and pity to offer a clear and vivid illustration of Kerr’s value as a man and as a coach.

“It’s just his presence, his personality,” Livingston began. “His character, the way he fits in with us. He’s kind of the battery pack, in the sense that he makes everybody go. He keeps us all (in harmony), everybody from staff, training staff, coaching staff to the players.

“He bridges the gaps, in the sense of communication, and he makes it light.”

In short, Kerr’s value to the franchise is far greater than his duties as a coach. He has an easy, breezy charisma insofar as he’s so comfortable submerging his own ego while being remarkably good at making everyone matter.

Moreover, Kerr is decidedly inclusive, explicitly emphatically open to ideas. He’s an outreach specialist whose sensibilities are contagious.

All of which helps create a sprightly and genial workplace, something the Warriors sought when they hired Kerr to replace the swaggering and dogmatic Mark Jackson in May 2014.

“Every day it’s something new, in a sense, and that’s hard to do,” Livingston said. “We’re here for six to nine months for the past couple years, seeing the same faces. So it is kind of like a job. But (Kerr) makes it more like a game and tries to make sure we’re enjoying ourselves out there.”

Kerr wants to live his life and coach basketball around four basic tenets: joy, mindfulness, compassion and competition. Maintaining a balance of the four can be difficult, especially when Kerr is dealing with the searing pain that has him on the sideline for an indefinite period.

But Kerr never strays far. His players seem to see and, more important, feel that.

Draymond Green and Kerr, each volatile in his own way, don’t always see eye-to-eye. Yet Green on several occasions has noted that Kerr “always seems to find the right thing to say, at the right time.”

Veteran David West points out that anyone who spends any time around Kerr can sense his basic humanity. Veteran Andre Iguodala, one of the team’s co-captains, speaks of Kerr’s curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons.

Stephen Curry, the other co-captain, kept the ball from the Warriors’ Game 4 win over Portland last Monday night, punctuating a series sweep, and gave it to Kerr, who missed Games 3 and 4 while coping with this prolonged post-surgery pain.

Lead assistant Mike Brown, the acting head coach in Kerr’s absence, concedes he has benefited from being around Kerr and this team.

“The tone he sets is the best I’ve been around,” said Brown, who has been involved in the NBA since 1992. “This is a special, special situation, and he’s big reason why.”

So it’s not just Livingston who throwing rose petals at the boss. He just happened to convey in a few words the effect Kerr has on the team and within the building.

“He’s our leader,” Livingston said. “He’s somebody that we count on.”

Warriors update health status of Livingston, Barnes

Warriors update health status of Livingston, Barnes

OAKLAND -- One day after every member of the Warriors participated in a full scrimmage, the official health updates were released.

Veteran forward Matt Barnes, out since April 8, is listed as probable for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals that begin Tuesday at Oracle Arena.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, out since sustaining a finger/hand injury in Game 1 of the first-round series against Portland on April 16, is listed as questionable -- but with an asterisk.

“Hopefully, we’ll be ready for Tuesday,” Livingston said after a light workout Saturday.

Livingston informed NBCSportsBayArea.com earlier this week that he would have been available, hypothetically, if the Warriors were facing a Game 7.

As for Kevin Durant, who missed five weeks with a knee injury before returning April 8, only to sustain a calf strain in Game 1 against the Trail Blazers, he’s fully available.