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Stephen Curry calls Chris Paul ‘a great mentor’

At this point of the NBA season, only the best remain in the fight. The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets are arguably two of the best teams in the NBA — but only one of them can earn a trip to the NBA Finals in June.

That being said, the NBA is becoming a guards’ league more and more with players like Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, James Harden and others leading their teams to title contention. Despite being competitors, Curry knows where his inspiration is rooted.

 “He was a great mentor when it came to understanding how a guy on his level prepared over the summer for an NBA season,” Curry said after practice Friday, via ESPN. “How disciplined he was, his work ethic, and I got to see that firsthand after summer league through the beginning of the season. And obviously, we got a Carolina connection.”

Paul, who played collegiately at Wake Forest, was 24 when he worked out with Curry. In an interview that year, he revealed some of the advice he gave the young Curry.

“I just told him to be aggressive, as aggressive as possible,” Paul said then, almost nine years ago. “And as you watch games, because you’re not sure if you’re going to start when you come in as a rookie, I told him when you watch, learn different things. The best thing you can do coming in as a rookie is to watch. Watch basketball. When your team’s not playing, watch another team play, because that’s how you learn.”

Curry looks to have soaked in all the advice CP3 gave him. The two-time NBA MVP and two-time champion has been destroying defenses for nearly a decade and ought to be heralded for changing the game as we know it.

Curry, nine years later — now enters the Western Conference Finals against the mentor of his younger days, which could be his toughest battle since the 2016 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The second-seeded Warriors will begin their series versus the 65-win No. 1 seed Rockets on Monday with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line.