Q&A: Stephen Curry

Courtesy of the SFGate

Q: Can you give us your impressions on how you feel about basically the gang being kept together by (Warriors owner Joe) Lacob and (GM Bob) Myers and the fact you’ve been able to maintain basically the core of the team?

CURRY: It’s huge, we want to preserve what we have. We have something special, an opportunity to, you know, really, really be in a great position every single year to win a championship.

So for Andre (Iguodala), Shaun (Livingston), myself, Zaza (Pachulia), obviously K.D. (Kevin Durant) to be back is big. We got a solid draft pick in Jordan Bell. Pat McCaw, Damian Jones and Kevon Looney in Summer League doing things to help the team.

So there’s obviously a couple of more spots. But for the most part to have the core back and familiarity throughout the roster is huge for us to be consistent going into next year.

Q: It’s been about, I think, 362 days since Sunday, your dad (Dell) beat you. I’m wondering how many times has he reminded you of that?

CURRY: 362 times.

Q: I forget who it was, one of the celebrities in here (Wednesday) kind of joked a little bit that you’re a guy who can win this thing, unless you’re paired with your dad, he gets into your head. Any thoughts on that?

CURRY: That’s a good scouting report. So if the amazing people at the American Century/NBC can give me a quick selection on who I could play with, I’ll put my dad, like, in the group behind me so he knows, he can hear all the roars up ahead maybe that will rattle him.

Q: You’ve reached a high level of excellence in golf. Can you give us a synopsis …

CURRY: That’s very strong. That’s a very strong statement there. I don’t know about that.

Q: Could you give us just a synopsis of the evolution of golf, your relationship with golf? You just mentioned you started with your dad when you were 10.

CURRY: Yeah. So obviously he played 16 years in the NBA. And growing up during the summers, very similar schedule that I have, obviously you play basketball from October through hopefully June every year. And you have those three summer months to kind of get the golf fix in.

So when I was young my dad was just getting into the game as well. And he would take me around. I’d drive the golf cart, chip and putt, learn the ropes, and eventually built up some momentum and a passion and a love for it myself. And I was dragging him to the course type of situation.

So anytime you can do something with your dad and have fun, for us, in our family, outside of the basketball gym, is definitely special.

And, honestly, I think we talk about golf probably watch more golf than we do basketball, just because it’s a nice change of pace and we both love it.

Q: You’ve got three other headliners, you have Aaron Rodgers, Charles Barkley and Justin Timberlake, you have to pick one as your caddie, one as your partner and the other one to do the Carlton with. Who would you match to what?

CURRY: You say caddie, play with and do the Carlton with?

I would put Chuck on the bag. He’s talked a lot of smack about me and the Warriors in years. So I would load up my bag with some bricks pre-round and definitely put him through that torture for four hours.

I’d dance with J.T. just because he’s uber talented in all facets of life. And I’d play with Aaron. He’s got game. So that would be fun.

Q: I saw on the seventh hole you were swinging a bat and you’re up there by the water. What was your favorite moment today from the fans?

CURRY: It’s hard to pick one. That’s the beauty of this tournament. It seemed like today there was a lot more people here than in years past, especially on a Thursday.

So from hole one through 18, there’s just moments throughout the round where you just feel that excitement. Being so close to the Bay Area, there’s a lot of Dub Nation out here and a lot of jerseys and love for our championship run and things like that. And obviously there’s a lot of people out here ready to have some fun and turn it up a little bit. It’s hard to pick one moment. That’s why you love coming up here and the whole vibe of the tournament.

Q: When will you get back to working with Brandon Payne and doing your hard workouts?

CURRY: I don’t know. We’re kind of — we’re four weeks out, and moving the training camp and the season up a week or two.

So very soon. And I guess I’m kind of turning the corner in vet status of finding alternative ways to keep my body right and take my game to the next level and understand how I can really capitalize on the summer months to really recover without really being on the floor eight hours a day and pounding away.

So all those kind of approaches will take place very soon and I’ll definitely come back strong, ready to go, and look forward to — not too soon but look forward to the next chapter.

Q: Obviously your dad played in the NBA, but what kind of training did you put yourself so you were able to get to the next level as well?

CURRY: I mean, anybody wants to be successful in anything, there can’t be somebody else pushing you to do it. That’s pretty straightforward in that respect.

So I had to find my own work ethic, my own way of challenging myself and getting better. Me and my brother (Seth) used to battle in the backyard all the time. I got my competition from that kind of environment.

I was always trying to find creative ways to work on ball handling and stretch my shooting range and things like that.

So my dad introduced us to it. But he kind of gave us the freedom and leeway to push ourselves as much as we wanted to, and he would support us in that respect.

So that’s forever grateful for his approach to that, because you can have like a drill sergeant-type parents that may work for some, but it can also steal the joy and fun and your own identity out of what you’re doing.

Q: Have your daughters thought about playing basketball at all yet?

CURRY: A little bit. They like to watch it. We have a hoop at the house. It gets used a little bit, not alot. You’ve obviously seen the personalities of my daughters but they love to dance, sing.

Soccer is big at the house, things like that. So same kind of situation. I’ll introduce them to it as much as I can and see what they gravitate towards and from there I support them.

Q: As far as the offseason and free agency, are any teams catching up with the Warriors, in your opinion?

CURRY: It’s not for me to answer. I’m really worried about, obviously, what we’re doing at Golden State. I think it’s great for the league. All the chances teams are taking, the moves that they’re making, trying to get better.

And we were in that situation last year coming off of a loss, obviously. We had to find a way to get over the hump again and obviously made a move.

But we weren’t on top last year and had to find a way to get there. So I know there’s 29 other teams that had that same mentality, whether they were a lottery team or a playoff team or an actual championship contender — every year is different, every year there’s surprise teams, whatnot.

So it’s going to be kind of weird to see all the new faces in different places. That’s going to be — every year that’s kind of crazy. I think it’s even more crazy now.

Q: Are you able to have fun this weekend with your new contract and being the new NBA champion again, or are you in competitive mode and having your juices flowing with your upcoming PGA event?

CURRY: I’m definitely able to have fun out here. I try to enjoy the moment, try to hit good shots. Every time I come up here on this mic, it’s the weirdest thing talking in golf terms. I always laugh, “I’m just trying to hit fairways and greens and make some putts and see what part of my game’s there. You just gotta stick with it. There’s going to be some tough shots and tough holes out there, but if you stick with it the good things will happen.”

No, I’m just trying to have fun and enjoy this atmosphere, because it’s such a fun weekend, and I try not to take it too serious out on the course and psych myself out and just have fun. That’s usually when I play my best basketball and golf.

So I’ll try to have that approach and the tournament does a great job putting it on for us and treat us top-notch, and the fans are amazing. The energy is crazy. So it’s going to be a great — well obviously today and the next three days.

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