Stephen Curry, the reigning two-time NBA MVP, is ready to embrace the villain tag that the Golden State Warriors have been dubbed with since signing Kevin Durant during the offseason.
Ever since they signed Durant, a plethora of NBA fans and analysts alike have rued that the league has been hijacked by the Oakland-based team, leaving other teams with little to no chance to compete against them.
The Warriors’ starting lineup is set to feature four active All-Stars and All-NBA players in Draymond Green, Durant, Curry, Klay Thompson.
Analysts are calling them the “Big 4” are projecting them to be the most dominant team since the 2010-14 Miami Heat which featured the “Big 3” of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade.
Despite the angst and envy of other NBA fanbases, Curry is only concerned about his own team and their goal to re-capture the championship after a heartbreaking Game 7 defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in June’s Finals.
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When the Cavaliers won their first championship in franchise history, there was a flip in the script, with LeBron James emerging as the new hero against the “evil empire” Warriors.
Curry, however, isn’t taking those proclamations seriously. “I kind of laugh at that (villain tag),” Curry told ESPN in an interview during his Asian tour sponsored by Under Armour.
“Obviously how the Finals ended [and] what happened, that’s sports. That’s what you love about it. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. Obviously it stinks to not win, but playing for a championship for two years in a row has been an amazing, amazing journey and I don’t think it’s over,” added Curry.
Curry disagreed with the notion that the Warriors were under lesser pressure this season due to the addition of Kevin Durant. “I honestly don’t think there could be any more pressure than we had last year. Coming off a championship, winning 73 games and being expected to win another [title], obviously it didn’t happen.
“It’s going to be a different vibe because it’s a different team and different dynamics with different players with KD joining us. … We have probably six or seven new guys,” added the reigning MVP.
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors begin their training camp later this month.