Stephen Curry: ‘We Got Plenty To Win Gold Medal’
Stephen Curry is the best shooter in the NBA, which is also something that his father, Dell, could claim at various points of his 16-year NBA career.
So, between the two, who wins a game of H-O-R-S-E?
“I think I’d win,” Curry said on The John Feinstein Show. “He’s got the crown right now. He always says you’re only as good as your last game, and he won the last H-O-R-S-E battle, so he can still shoot it. Shooters can always shoot, right?”
The last time Curry played his father? A month ago.
A month ago?! Yes, a month ago. And Dell, 50, beat Curry, who, again, is the best shooter in the NBA.
“Yeah, that’s what I’m saying,” Curry said, laughing.
Yes, shooters can always shoot – and Team USA needs Curry to fire when ready at the FIBA World Cup in Spain. Several players that Team USA expected to have – such as Kevin Durant and Paul George, among others – are not playing. So, all things considered, just how good is this team?
According to Curry, good.
“We had a lot of guys to pick from,” he said. “So we obviously do know that there are some guys that aren’t here, but the 12 guys we put on this team, we feel like we got plenty . . . to win a gold medal. We just got to stick to the process.”
That process includes playing lockdown defense and overpowering teams with speed and athleticism.
“I feel like we can do that with the amount of work we put in up until this point,” Curry said. “I’m very confident out here and I’m just ready to start. We got to wait until Saturday to play again, but we’re ready to start.”
Team USA plays Finland on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Curry, who is slated to start at point guard, said being the leader of this team is a little different from being the leader of Golden State or, in his college days, Davidson.
“You’re only together for five, six weeks, and you got to put it together quickly,” Curry explained. “Everybody has a different role on this team than they normally (have with their) NBA teams. We understand you’re going to play not as many minutes (and) you’re not going to get as many shots, but everybody’s going to have an impact and a role in winning. So it kind of gives us an appreciation for all the different roles on a team that is necessary to win because we’re all having to switch it up a little bit while we’re here. It is different. Going through the tournament when we get to the medal round when it’s one and done, you have to have that ultra-laser focus because one slip up can end the tournament real quick.”
Curry said he enjoys playing for Mike Krzyzewski, who also coached Curry’s younger brother, Seth, at Duke from 2010-13. Based on what Seth told Curry, Krzyzewski is a lot tougher on the Blue Devils than he is on Team USA, but make no mistake: he’s a great motivator.
“He knows what buttons to push to keep the train moving as we go through this process,” Curry said. “He always knows how to get you going. There’s never a time you don’t feel like you’re ready to play after you hear Coach K talk. He is the right man for this job, and that’s why we’ve been so successful.”