SAN FRANCISCO – Stephen Curry’s brightly colored “Sour Patch” sneakers squeaked loudly announcing his media day Arrivals. He then took his place, slipped into that iconic No. 30 shirt and posed with all his championship gear.
Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson ready to repeat
The two-time MVP shows his swagger is stronger than ever heading into his 14th NBA season.
“That championship glow is real,” Curry said with a smile.
The Golden State star and reigning NBA Finals MVP turns 35 this season and is still at the top of his game, ready to lead another championship run as the Warriors look to repeat.
He certainly doesn’t take any of those successes for granted, knowing how difficult it is every season to get back to the top – even when Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo calls him ‘the best player in the world’.
“And kiss her.” My 14th year. I feel fresh and prime, ready to go,” Curry said Sunday. “I feel like in my head it’s even better, I’m trying to feed off of that. Understand it’s a long journey and we’re doing defensive strategy and stuff like that yesterday, and for a second, we felt like we were still preparing for the Celtics and the final series because it didn’t look like this a long time ago.
Except that this season he’ll have Splash Brother Klay Thompson by his side from the first tip for the defending NBA champions, who leave the Bay Area on Tuesday for Tokyo to face the Washington Wizards in two games of pre-season Friday and Saturday in Saitama. , Japan.
Thompson returned Jan. 9 after an absence of more than 2½ years following two devastating injuries. Thompson, 32, hadn’t played since suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals as Toronto won the championship. While recovering from surgery for the injury, he tore his right Achilles tendon while training alone in November 2020.
“I’m still hungry because I still remember those two years I had to watch. I can’t wait to play a full season and show people what I’m capable of again,” Thompson said.
Curry cherished another shorter offseason in which a highlight was returning to Davidson College to celebrate his graduation and the retirement of coach Bob McKillop after a 33-year career at the school.
“Obviously you’re enjoying the offseason and knowing all the work you’ve done over your career and especially over the last three years,” Curry said. “Coming back there was meaningful, and you embrace it and appreciate it. Appreciate the vibe you created with the new-look team built on the core, the guys who toured the neighborhood.
“Very excited about what it means to try to defend this season, knowing that there will be new challenges for everyone as a team and everyone individually.”
Draymond Green has warned of “championship hangovers” and how he will work to keep Golden State from becoming complacent.
A big key in that effort: Veteran swingman Andre Iguodala, 38, is expected to sign and arrive Monday ahead of the trip.
“We’re all so proud of what we accomplished last year, but that’s in the past,” Thompson said. “The greats stay hungry, and we all have our motivations why we want to win another one.”
Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins said they didn’t spend extra energy worrying about their unsettled contract situations.
“I really didn’t pay attention too often,” Poole said of getting extra time.
Green, who along with Curry, Iguodala and Thompson is the core and has appeared in each of the finals dating back to the 2015 Championship, does not expect to agree a new contract himself before the season.
“I don’t think that will happen,” he said. “And so for me, I’m just focused on this season and being as good as I can be, I know I’m capable of being, and winning another championship and achieving my individual goals.”
Big man Kevon Looney is hoping to play all 82 games again after becoming one of only five to do so last season – if the coaching staff approves, of course.
“That’s the goal,” he said. “As long as I feel good, make it happen.”
When told of Looney’s goal, Thompson could only reflect on it in amazement.
“Is it back to back?” Thompson said. “Mad.”
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