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It has been a few weeks in the NBA, as the big names have been on the move since free agency started on June 30.
The Golden State Warriors have been in the middle of all that action, losing Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets and then separating from the pillars André Iguodala (through the trade) and Shaun Livingston.(waived).
On Thursday, we uncovered what Steph Curry thought about the Warriors' status when he spoke to the media after a round of practice at the celebrity golf tournament of the American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe.
Curry opened up in a long session of questions and answers about Durant's departure with the kind of diplomatic response one would expect from Curry.
"The three years we had were special," Curry said through The mercury news. "With KD, we had three consecutive appearances in the Finals, we won two of them and we achieved a lot as a group, they all talk about the amount of talent we had in our team, but that does not guarantee that you can calculate On the court, you can collect all the To succeed, I'm really proud of what we have achieved.
"The beauty of free agency is that everyone has a choice, everyone has a choice, you want to find your happiness wherever it is, the beauty of the NBA is that everyone has that decision at some point, especially those who deserve it, like KD and "other important free agents. I like to see what we have achieved and focus on that and be extremely proud of this career that we have had. Now we're going to have to recreate it in terms of what it means to move forward. "
Curry also spoke about the new addition D & # 39; Angelo Russell, who came to Golden State in a signing and swap deal with the Nets.
"The noise he made last year was amazing, what they did in Brooklyn and he took the next step as a certified All-Star," Curry said. "I have not had much personal interaction with him, on or off the court, apart from playing against each other." At the time he was recruited, there were some comparisons of our game, how well he played, he can shoot, happen". Having a versatile guy like that only helps your team.
"The chemistry will develop quickly, we will have a great purpose and we will try to establish the tone with which we will play this year, it is about encouraging one another and trusting that we will bring out the best in each one." Then when Klay (Thompson) also come back, we'll add it to the background mix, it'll be fun. "
Curry addressed the loss of Iguodala and Livingston, who were key members of the three most recent Warriors championship teams.
"It's a difficult business, that's part of that," Curry said. "We knew that at some time or another, whether this year or next year or the next, there will be some difficult decisions, some difficult changes.
"You talk about Andre and Shaun, two guys who do things the right way, they have the highest level of professionalism and leadership, and they only have a presence when they enter the room, which makes them who they are, three times champions, Two, there's a lot left in the tank. "
Finally, Curry expressed optimism about the new challenges that lie ahead.
"It's a difficult way to finish the Finals with KD and Klay resulting in injuries, and obviously free agency," Curry said. "For us, our core, Klay, Draymond (Green), adding D & # 39; Angelo and many hungry youngsters trying to prove their worth in the league, will look different in terms of lineups and things like that." But expectations how we play, that championship caliber basketball, which for us will always be the motivation and the challenge ".
It will be interesting to see how the Warriors recover next season, but they know Curry is going to have fun trying to guide them through their new challenges.