Stephen Curry: Warriors ‘unbelievably hungry,’ eager for next season
It remains to be seen in what form any resumption will take should the NBA figure out a way to conclude the 2019-20 season, but the Golden State Warriors would be left out in many of the return-to-play proposals.
Whether that occurs or not, Stephen Curry is already looking forward to the 2020-21 season, and he says the Warriors are eager reclaim their place in the upper echelon of the league.
“When we get back, one we’re gonna be happy just playing basketball. But two, unbelievably hungry,” Curry said on the “The Life Podcast” with Anthony Morrow and Justin Jack, as transcribed by NBC Sports Bay Area. “If you look at myself, Draymond [Green], Klay [Thompson] — we were there at the beginning of this run and I get to kind of be the elder statesman to recreate it.”
The Warriors roster was left severely undermanned in the since-halted 2019-20 campaign. Curry missed all but five games due to a hand injury, and Thompson has sat out the entire season after suffering a torn ACL in last year’s NBA Finals. Kevin Durant’s controversial departure obviously had a crippling impact as well.
When the NBA put the season on indefinite hiatus in March, the Warriors were a league-worst 15-50. That said, Curry put the NBA on notice last month by insisting that rumors of the Warriors dynasty’s demise have been an exaggeration.
As things stand, reports suggest that the league is looking into a season restart that would exclude cellar dwellers like the Warriors from participation, although that may not necessarily be the case.
The Warriors reportedly are “willing” to take part in any resumption of the regular season. However, sources suggest the team is “far more cool to the idea in private.”
However things play out, Curry believes that with a $17.2 million trade exception from the Andre Iguodala trade and a top pick in the upcoming draft — not to mention a return to health for both himself and Thompson — the Warriors can quickly reload.
“You look at the lineup that we could potentially put out there next year, I like it,” Curry said.