Stephen Curry’s teammates admire his humility as a superstar
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Jordan Poole knocked down a near-midfield buzzer-beater when Stephen Curry made a point of catching his eye, and that celebratory look speaks volumes about the veteran guard’s pride in his young teammate.
Curry expressed as much joy for Poole to hit the jaw-dropping shot from deep as he would have if it was him, the superstar who already has more than his share of 3-pointers for a very long time. It’s Selfless Steph – never one to let his ego get in the way of Golden State’s success.
Curry did it again while scoring 29 points to lead the Warriors to a 107-88 win in Game 2 of the NBA Finals over the Celtics on Sunday night, the best-of-seven series at one game apiece as he travels to Boston for Game 3 on Wednesday. (9 ET, ABC).
He praised Poole for maintaining his momentum in the final period.
“It was obviously a big hit to get the crowd going,” Curry said. “Put some kind of dagger on this great third quarter we had.”
Curry, 34, embraces life in a constant state of reflection — not to mention poise as a father of three young children — while somehow keeping his mind intensely focused on the moment right in front of him.
Looking back on how far he’s come, from being selected as Golden State’s undersized first-round pick at Davidson College in 2009 to all of the losses early in his career and a remarkable rise in one of the NBA’s all-time greats, Curry regularly acknowledges his gratitude.
“I’ve said it many times, Steph reminds me so much of Tim Duncan,” coach Steve Kerr said. “When I played with Timmy there was the same vibe, this incredible, genuine humility, humor and joy behind the scenes. Then, frankly, a real arrogance on the pitch, like ‘I’m the best player here “He’s the perfect kind of leader, someone you feel comfortable with in the dressing room but someone you can count on to take you where you need to go on the pitch.
“That’s what Steph owns. This is a very rare combination of qualities. But that’s what makes it special.
Curry shows humility in the way he goes about his daily business without worrying about how many points he scores from night to night, what assists he prepares or what arm flexes he gets for playing in front adoring fans chanting “MVP!” at every opportunity.
He relishes the process of helping inexperienced Warriors players find their way — for this postseason and beyond.
I’ve said it many times, Steph reminds me so much of Tim Duncan.
Steve Kerr on Stephen Curry
Earlier this year, the new all-time 3-point leader rejoiced to see teammate Andrew Wiggins in the spotlight as he earned his first career All-Star Game selection and was named the starter of the Western Conference.
This selfless nature goes back years. When Kevin Durant arrived to much fanfare in 2016, Curry quietly took a back seat and allowed Durant to find his place with a new team. It was a significant move that ultimately ended in two championships together and back-to-back MVP honors for KD.
“It all starts with Steph. When KD was here, our offense always started with Steph,” Draymond Green said. “That’s how it’s going to be.”
Returning to the finals for the sixth time in eight years, it’s time for Curry to carry the Warriors again. But he’ll be thrilled to see Poole hit another 39-footer, Kevon Looney smash the boards to create a second chance on offensive glass, or Wiggins take on one of the toughest defensive assignments as guarding Jayson Tatum.
“I remember where I started and the whole journey. You remember it every day. The fact that from high school to your first All-Star Game is a journey, and everything that had to happen in your life and on the field for that to happen,” Curry said. “Never let me get too big headed on that front. This is how I live my life. So all in terms of appreciation and gratitude for everything that’s going on, all of the experiences that you’re having, everything that you’re going through, you keep building on that, and generally good things happen because you appreciate everything no matter what.
And if Curry and Co. can win it all once again, he’ll join a star-studded list of players with two or more MVPs and four titles: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Duncan. .
Green has long admired how Curry never lets the attention surrounding his own stardom affect anything this group does, nor does he seek to be treated any differently. And Curry accepted ownership when things didn’t go well in the NBA’s worst pandemic-shortened 15-50 season two years ago.
“He sets a huge tone in that because he’ll never approach you, ‘You’re supposed to look at me that way,’ which in turn you end up looking at him more of that way,” Green said of the level of respect. . “…I think when your leader and the face of your franchise is like that, you have no choice but to be like that. How is your ego compared to his? Why would any of us care if you have an ego and he doesn’t? So I think that definitely sets the tone, not just for the players but for everyone in this organization and how everyone operates.