Currently back to back with the Celtics in their sixth NBA Finals in eight years, the Warriors have the opportunity to seek a fourth title since 2015. And the big reason has a name: Stephen Curry.
With 34.3 points at 50% success including 49% at 3-pointers (plus 6.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists) on average over the current series, the Golden State superstar shines. His last monumental outing with 43 points (and 10 rebounds) confirmed that he was still at the top of his game, seven years after his first MVP title!
It’s no surprise for Steve Kerr who has been with him now for almost a decade, since 2014 when he took over as head of the Dubs.
“The consistency of his routine, he is like a metronome”enjoys Steve Kerr for NBC Sports. “Every day he does the exact same thing. He is in the warm-up room, in the weight room, on the field. It’s set like clockwork, but there’s still a sense of joy and energy within this routine. He loves it ! He loves this preparation. »
For Steve Kerr, who has notably evolved alongside very great players, including obviously Michael Jordan but also Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, David Robinson or even Tim Duncan, Stephen Curry is necessarily one of the immense champions of his sport. His secret? His passion.
“I think that’s what binds all the great athletes in history, and I’m talking about the greats. Like the Roger Federers, the Steph Currys. There is a very disciplined routine but a discipline that is really appreciated on a daily basis. But you have to have the passion that goes with it. This is what allows it to last so long over time. When you like something like them, you’re going to work on it and improve and just keep doing it. »
“It’s the hardest thing to do in our job”
Fallen into the pot from an early age, with many archive images showing him with his brother Seth on the Raptors floor when dad Dell was playing there at the turn of the year 2000, Stephen Curry has always been a Stakhanovite parquet floors.
“It goes back to my beginnings in basketball when I was still playing in AAU”, adds Stephen Curry. “I love working on my game. You can lose yourself in those practice sessions on the court, in weight training or whatever it is because it’s going to lead you to be as prepared as possible for games. »
An inveterate hard worker, Stephen Curry has gradually managed to strengthen himself muscularly and physically to become one, if not the, fittest player in the League.
With his incessant movements and his ability to take two (or more) takes, he is a real poison for opposing defences, precisely because he never stops… Just like in training!
“I try to have as much fun as possible. Whether it’s the days you want to get up and get the job done, or the days you don’t, or the days you’re tired. It’s all built on my approach when I started out, which I’ve tried to continue every year, for as long as I can. »
In his 13th season, already, Stephen Curry does not seem to show any signs of weakness. His game primarily based on outside shooting should be able to give him a few more good years. But his love for work in the shadows, repetitive and necessarily off-putting, too.
“Whether you win or lose, you will always have to come back to the source to work and continue to polish your weapons to evolve your game”he concludes. “That’s the hardest part of our job. When you’re on the pitch, it’s all about reaction and it’s basically about experiencing the competition. But the hardest part is the long, monotonous preparation you have to do to get to this level. »