Stephen Curry: I Am The Best Player In The World
Stephen Curry is on top of the world. He’s the reigning MVP, the reigning NBA champion, leads the league in merchandise sales and is threatening to supersede the global popularity of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.Advertisement
But Curry, 27, isn’t satisfied. The Golden State Warriors have begun the season at 26-1 and are the favorites to bring home another NBA championship. Curry has been in blazing form through the first 27 games, averaging 31.8 points and comfortably on track to win back-to-back MVP awards.
Curry is featured on Time Magazine’s “Year Ahead” issue and if you read through the interview, you’d realize that the superstar guard has no intention to slow down. When asked if he’s the best player in the world, Curry simply said, “In my mind, yes. That’s how I have confidence out there that I can play at a high level every night. I don’t get into debates, arguing with people about why I am versus somebody else. I feel like anybody who’s at the level I’m trying to be at, if you don’t think that when you’re on the floor, then you’re doing yourself a disservice.”
Many pundits reckon that LeBron James is still the best all-round player in the game. Curry will have the opportunity to prove his claim on Christmas night when the Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers in a rematch of last season’s NBA finals.
Stephen Curry: The new face of the NBA
According to teammate Draymond Green, Curry is the new face of the NBA. Curry said he doesn’t feel added pressure and is ready to lead the NBA into the next generation. “I embrace that (responsibility). I don’t know if that’s a black and white answer. You’ve got to be a winner, and have all the right trajectory as a player and as a team to back that up. Whatever comes out of that is cool. The way I try to represent my family and coaches, I think all are characteristics the league aspires to portray. That’s just who I am. It’s not changing anything about me to fulfill that role.”
Last year, Curry broke his own record for most three-pointers hit in a season. But one wonders how Curry can top that performance. So far, he is on track to shatter his own records.
How does Stephen Curry sustain his level of excellence? The reigning MVP shed light on his strenuous work regiment, revealing that he put in a lot of effort during the off-season to return reinvigorated and ready to dominate the league. “Lower body and core strength to handle the beating of an 82-game schedule (is what I worked on the most). Knowing we’re going to be a marked team every night. And then, out of that, it’s being able to create space on the floor.”
Curry is putting up mind-boggling numbers this season. But there is an explaining for all that. He has put in hard yards to improve his explosion and cat-like agility. “Being more precise and explosive and efficient. Strength and explosion, just being able to move from point A to point B. But also the ball handling it takes to make the moves I need to get into my shot. So a lot of it wasn’t adding stuff to my game. It was kind of taking what I do well and doing it better and more efficiently.”
Stay tuned for more Stephen Curry news. Will Curry continue his blazing form on Christmas night?