Kerr’s 2022-23 prediction for Steve’s exit from the tournament originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
After winning three NBA championships from 2015 to 2019, the Warriors fell off the national radar for a few seasons.
Injuries to star players played a significant role in Golden State’s absence from the playoffs during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. Steve Curry has dealt with his share of injuries as the Warriors star sustained a hand injury that caused him to miss most of the pandemic’s brief campaign.
Then, at the 2021 Play-In Championship, the Curry and the Warriors failed to qualify for the playoffs, losing to the Memphis Grizzlies. As a result, many have doubted that the 34-year-old is heading into the 2021-22 NBA season.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr joined The Ringer’s Real Ones podcast, claiming that the two years without a playoff fueled Curry, eventually helping the Warriors win the 2022 NBA Finals and their first Finals Player of the Year award.
“Well, you have to understand, the man is a killer,” Kerr said. “He’s a killer and people always look at him as the cheery guy. He drops those half-court shots and flashes, but he’s an absolute killer…but with Steve, if you don’t really know him, you might not understand his competitive edge.
“And two years of not being in the playoffs and so many years of people saying, well, he never won MVP in the finals. He used every bit of that to motivate himself, as great players do. And he was on a mission last year, and I think once the playoffs started , I realize, we got a chance here and it was especially in that boy from the Boston series that he was so locked up in it.”
Additionally, Kerr mentions how Carrie is still excited despite having four episodes. At the age of 34, the Warriors coach discussed how Curry knows there are plenty of opportunities to win championships.
“What is your poll report? I think you’re right,” Kerr added. “Having had an injury two years ago that kept him out all season and then not in the playoffs the following year, there’s no doubt part of it was, ‘Hey, we’ve taken advantage of those opportunities when they come, because there might not be much.'”
However, the Warriors coach doesn’t feel Golden State fans should panic that Curry may retire anytime soon and believes the guard could follow in the footsteps of Steve Nash, who played well in his late 30s.
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“The man keeps his amazing shape,” Kerr continued. “He’s been in the building, training, training. He’s ready for another great year.
“So he’s one of those guys that you don’t necessarily put on the clock a bit like our guy Steve Nash. He’s a unicorn. It wouldn’t shock me at all if Steve did what Steve did and played at a high level until he was 40. But who knows? We’ll see how it goes. things.”
No matter the age and number of championships, Curry remains hungry for more, and this is music to the ears of the Warriors.
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