Stephen Curry: New Ankle, New Kid, New Team
Stephen Curry met with the local media today at the Warriors’ practice facility in downtown Oakland after the second of his scheduled four-day workout.
Curry addressed a wide variety of topics ranging from his ankle, Don Nelson, the Lakers, fatherhood, contract extensions and even the San Francisco Giants’ Melky Cabrera (he didn’t say anything too shocking – someone just asked him about it).
Here are some quotes from the fourth-year guard himself.
“It feels great. Being out since March and having surgery in April, and my last two-and-half to three months of rehab, it’s been a good process. I’m being patient with it. Right now, being able to do a full-court workout and not having any pain or soreness or tightness. It’s very optimistic right now. We still have five weeks for training camp so it can only get better.”
“Just play(ing) five-on-five right now. I’m just making sure that when I’m reacting and making cuts, especially on the defensive end, that my ankle’s responding the right way. I know it will, but just right now I’m taking each step: one-on-one to three-on-three to controlled five-on-five and then going full bore. So, that’s’ the plan right now.”
“They did a great job of getting some depth. Top to bottom our roster looks good. We have a lot of veteran guys, some young talent. Adding Jarrett, Carl Landry, Harrison, Draymond, Festus – practice is going to be fun this year. We have some depth at each position to really challenge each other in training camp. On paper, we’re a playoff team so we have to figure out how to turn that into wins in the season and take advantage of the roster that they’ve put together.”
“Size wise, we match up pretty well with any team in the league. You don’t have the questions of the small backcourt, that kind of stuff, going into the season. We’ve just got to take the roster and work with it.”
Don Nelson in the Hall of Fame:
“Happy for him. I was part of history with him for all-time wins record my rookie year. So to hear his speech and to know his career has gotten him to the Hall of Fame, it’s fun to have been a part of a little bit of that history. I’m just happy for him. I keep in touch with a little bit. He’s excited, so it’s good news.”
Dubs and the playoffs:
“You look at the talent that we have, guys who have established themselves around the league and the balanced roster we have, I think we are a playoff team. It’s easy to say that but you’ve got to go out and play and make it happen. But looking at the West, it’s still tough. Some teams have shifted a little bit but it’s still a tough conference to nab one of those playoffs spots. That’s our goal to figure out a way to get in there.”
“Love it, man. Love it. Definitely changes a lot of things. Different pace for me and my wife. It’s definitely a blessing to have her (in) the family. Trying to get some sleep here and there. I’m just enjoying it, man. It’s great timing, to be in the summer, be around, be with the family and get ready for the season.”
“When you add an All-Star, it’s always going to help. It doesn’t change the fact that we have a great time playing the Lakers every year with the fans we have here and how much they want to beat them. It probably adds a little fuel to that. But you’ve got to go out and play, so we’ll see what happens. Every year guys switch uniforms and it takes a minute to kind of take it all in. It will be different seeing Nash and Dwight, and Kobe and Pau and Metta World Peace on the same roster. They’re pretty deep. It should be fun to go at them and beat them.”
“That’s for my agent and Bob (Myers) to have a meeting and talk about it and I’ll make a decision once all the details are out. But whether I get an extension or not, I’ve still got to play this year and be healthy. So that’s my only goal, my only focus. It would be great to get that done. I want to be out here in Golden State, be part of the future we’re trying to build here. It’s not like I’m trying to skip out or do anything else. If they make a great offer, I’m definitely going to take it.”
Here’s some footage of Curry’s day 1 workout. He appears to be moving very well.