Stephen Curry is considered one of the best players in the league and leading the defending NBA champions Golden State Warriors to the best record in the NBA in the current season.
However, Curry, despite the success the past two seasons, is still looking up to their Western Conference rivals, San Antonio Spurs led by their veterans, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili plus long-time head coach Gregg Popovich.
“That’s why they’re legends, or why they’re going to be legends when they’re done. Obviously, those three guys and Coach Popovich are the main foundation of that, but they’ve been able to add pieces as they’ve gone through their careers and stay at a high level. It’s a lot about the tone and atmosphere and expectations that they set,” Curry shared to The San Francisco Chronicle.
Curry’s Warriors and Duncan’s Spurs are neck and neck in the race for the best record in the 2015-2016 regular season. Both Golden State (40-4) and San Antonio (38-6) are actually on pace to break the Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record—the best regular season record in the history of the NBA.
Other members of the Warriors also showed respect for the Spurs and what they have done in the NBA and this season.
“It makes no sense. The continuity and the program they’ve built is amazing,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said in the same article. Kerr was a member of the Spurs franchise playing with San Antonio from 1999 to 2001. Kerr and the Spurs won the NBA championship in 1999.
Klay Thompson, the half of the “Splash Brothers” in Golden State said that facing the Spurs will be a “good test” for the team and credited San Antonio for “playing beautiful ball” this season.
Curry, Thompson and the rest of the Warriors will face the ‘legends’ Spurs trio of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili and Popovich in the Golden State-San Antonio match-up on Monday.
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