Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was thrilled to see two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry back on the NBA court. Curry, who led the Warriors to five consecutive trips to the NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019, broke his hand early on last season and he appeared in a few games before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Saturday, the Warriors played their first preseason game, beating the Denver Nuggets 107-105. Curry scored 10 points on a 3-of-10 shooting and had three assists. "It's always just great to see him out on the floor," Warriors coach Kerr said after the game, per ESPN.
"And I think he looks really good physically, that's the main thing. He worked so hard in the offseason and he's in great shape. And now it's just a matter of getting his timing and his rhythm down, but he's definitely a sight for sore eyes."
Curry developing chemistry with his new teammates
Klay Thompson is out for the season, while Kevin Durant and Andre Igoudala are not with the Warriors anymore. Some of Curry's new teammates are Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Oubre Jr.
and this year's No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiseman. "Honestly, I don't know because I've had a solid, consistent core," Curry said when asked how long that process usually takes. "I think from Monday to now we're starting to talk about some of the patterns and some of the things that I'm used to, especially if I give up the ball.
And knowing where open spots on the floor are. It will come. I don't know what the specific answer to the question is, but it will come. ... It's just one of those things where you have to continue to communicate." Kerr insists Curry is a "unique" player and he is confident that everything will work out for his team.
"It takes time for sure," Kerr said. "He's so unique. There's nobody like him in the NBA. Nobody who can play on and off the ball at that level and who creates that kind of havoc. And so I think with most players who come in, they're not used to the second half of the possession.
They're sort of used to whatever the pattern is in the beginning. But as soon as maybe Steph gives up the ball, that's when the action really starts the way we play. And that's the tricky part for guys to figure out."