As the NBA nears the first anniversary of its closure on March 11th, Warriors star Stephen Curry reflected on his recent challenges to get back on the pitch, including a season derailed by a hand injury. His team missed the season resumption in the bubble and the pandemic that delayed the start of the 2020-21 season.
In total, Curry only played one basketball game in 14 months prior to this season. During his press conference ahead of Sunday’s Reduced All-Star Weekend, Curry expressed his appreciation for not only being able to play again, but also getting back to his all-star level.
« With the injury last year and the pandemic and everything that happened last year, » said Curry, « to know how much work I’ve put into getting my game back to where I am wanted to be in order to be healthy and able to. » Playing at a high level means a lot. »
Curry missed 60 out of a possible 65 games last season and recovered from a broken hand. He returned for a game on March 5 against the Toronto Raptors and missed the next two games with flu-like symptoms before the NBA season was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This resulted in nearly nine months between games for Curry and the Warriors. Now Curry leads the league with points and 3 points and leads all the guards on the votes for the All-Star game, making his seventh all-star selection of his career.
« I don’t take that for granted at all, » said Curry. “I know how much hard work there is. I know what it means to be recognized as an All-Star, and it definitely means a lot. « Related articles
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Curry is not only a starter in Team LeBron, but also takes part in the 3-point competition that will take place during this year’s showcase before the start of the All-Star game. Curry leads a field that includes Donovan Mitchell, Zach LaVine, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Mike Conley.
Due to the pandemic, the league is condensing the multi-day event at the Atlanta State Farm Arena into a single night. Curry and the other participants traveled to Atlanta on Saturday and were quarantined except for practicing in their room. Despite the restrictions, Curry said he was still honored to attend the event.
« (I) absolutely get butterflies, » Curry said of playing in the All-Star game. “You have an appreciation for it. It never really gets old. «
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