Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is ready to embrace the challenge of trying to lead the team back to the top of the league. The Warriors, who made five consecutive NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019, finished last season with the league-worst record but they were severely hampered by injuries.
Two-time NBA MVP Curry missed the majority of last season as he broke his hand early in the season and returned to the lineup toward the end of their regular season campaign. "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 during an interview on "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" on KGMZ-FM 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, as revealed on ESPN.
"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 shows confidence and belief in Draymond Green
The Warriors' chances of winning it all this season took a major hit after Klay Thompson suffered a season-ending injury this offseason.
The Warriors will now rely on veterans on Curry and Green to step up and lead the team. Curry believes that 30-year-old Green can still play at a high level in the NBA. "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," Curry said.
"And I think it's about just for him getting out there on the floor and doing it. We can talk all we want to, but we got to get out there and do it and show. Everybody's in that recency bias, 'What have you done for me lately?' I belong to that camp sometimes, but it's all about what we do."