It wasn’t easy for the Golden State Warriors to realize that they’ve given up their substantial lead to eventually losing to the Cavaliers in last season’s NBA finals. But they’ve surely shown us a good way to get over it with the major acquisition of Kevin Durant. But, of them all, Stephen Curry may have a tougher time coping.
In spite of his trainer insisting they’ve moved on and are now focused on the future, on the back of Stephen Curry’s mind, he may still be consistently wondering how they’ve blown a 3-1 lead in the finals.
“That’s something that will stay with me pretty much forever, for good and bad reasons. Obviously, you hated the feeling, but it’s also a motivator to come back even stronger and try not to have that feeling again.
“I’m at that point now where I can try to fuel any kind of terrible nightmares or thoughts about Game 7 into motivation for how I’m going to prepare myself for this year,” Curry said in a report by Yahoo! Sports.
And how does a true warrior bounce back from such a loss? Expect Stephen Curry to be at his best. Right now, his trainer Brandon Payne believes he’s now the strongest he’s been.
While NBA rumors initially circulated about Curry not being 100% healthy when the season starts, Brandon Payne shuts down all NBA rumors, giving a picture of a player who’s grown much from the experience, mentally as well as physically.
“We’ve continued to expand our decision-making training – strong, really strong. And we’ve done more structural stuff in terms of structural strength and functional strength within his legs to deal with what happened in the playoffs, and we feel really good right now. We’re in a good spot.” Payne said, according to a report by USA Today.
He also points out that they won’t be making drastic changes in their preparations due to Kevin Durant’s addition to the team. Right now they’re focused on strengthening his legs, moving and creating space.
We can also expect Stephen Curry to a better scorer this time, which we can only imagine what that means given the abilities he’s already shown.
He’s working on “different spots on the floor that we haven’t emphasized in the past just because we haven’t had a need. But now we’re trying to expand the ways that he can score.”
But we shouldn’t be surprised knowing Stephen Curry’s competitiveness. Other than his drive to better his game he’s pretty much the same person on the outside.
“It’s the same guy because his competitive drive is always a quiet one. It’s not really outward in terms of targeting certain guys or anything like that. It’s just a quiet drive.” Bruce Payne said.
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