Thursday, January 27, 2022

NBA news: Steph Curry discusses Kevin Durant’s departure, status of the Warriors following major changes

It's been a busy few weeks in the NBA, as big names have been on the move ever since free agency began on June 30.


NBA news: The Golden State Warriors have been smack in the center of it all, losing Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets and then parting ways with key players like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston (through trade) (waived).

On Thursday, following a practice round at the American Century Championship celebrity golf event in Tahoe, we were able to find out what Steph Curry felt about the Warriors’ current status.

From 2015 through 2019, the Warriors, led by Steve Kerr, were the team to beat. The club racked up NBA Finals berths like it was nothing and won three titles in that period. Life following that, however, was not as pleasant.

Steph Curry discusses Kevin Durant's departure and the status of the Warriors following major changes
Steph Curry discusses Kevin Durant’s departure and the status of the Warriors following major changes

Curry has been the standout player for Golden State for a long time. He was supported by powerful guys throughout his career, making him perhaps the finest shooter in the game’s history. Nonetheless, Durant’s departure in 2019 was a huge blow to the Dub Nation.

Furthermore, successive injuries to the ‘Splash Brothers’ ensured that GSW missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. Curry acknowledged the difficulties he had while discussing the subject.

NBA news: Steph Curry on difficult times after KD left Warriors

“The injuries that took us to a pretty crazy free fall right before the pandemic. And it’s weird because if you look at it in those two years, it was tough to be patient and tough for me, just staying locked in and motivated.” clearly, KD’s departure had a greater impact on Kerr’s team than simply a change of franchise

Curry also discussed newcomer D’Angelo Russell, who was acquired from the Nets in a sign-and-trade deal.

“The noise he made last year was amazing, what they did in Brooklyn and him taking the next step as a certified All-Star,” Curry said. 

“I haven’t had much personal interaction with him, on or off the court other than playing against each other. Back when he was drafted, there were some comparisons of our game, how smooth he played, he can shoot, he can pass. Having a guy versatile like that only helps your team.

Curry addressed the Warriors’ recent championship teams’ losses of Iguodala and Livingston, both of whom were essential components of all three.

“It’s a tough business. That’s part of it,” said Curry. “We knew at some point or another, whether it was this year or next year or the year after, there were going to be some hard decisions, some hard changes.”

It’ll be interesting to watch how the Warriors rebound next season, but you can bet Curry will have a good time guiding them through their new obstacles. It’s encouraging to see the Warriors rebound in 2021-22 after a difficult couple of years. Will this be Curry and the company’s first championship since Kevin Durant’s absence? Let’s wait and see what happens.