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Q&A with Stephen Curry, Part II

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Q&A with Stephen Curry, Part II

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is back in the Bay Area this week, working out at the teams downtown practice facility. Curry missed most of last season with an ankle injury, and the hope is that he can return to 100 percent for the 2012-13 season.After his 90-minute workout on Thursday, Curry sat down and talked with the media. Here are some excerpts of what he said (Part II):RELATED: Q&A with Stephen Curry (Part I): 100 healthy by opening day?
On being a father: Curry: "I love it. Love it. It definitely changes a lot of things, different pace. But me and my wife, its just a blessing to have (our daughter) be part of the family. Im trying to get some sleep here and there, but just enjoying it. Great timing to be around in the summer and be with the family and get ready for the season.On personal goals for the season: Curry: "For me, I have a great opportunity to be a vocal leader on the team, lead the charge of the point guards. Hopefully guys will respond to the things I say on the floor when I try to get everybody in the right spots, right situations."I want to be the coach on the floor, an extension of coach (Mark) Jackson. I never go into a season with stats on my mind. But I think, for me, to play my game and use my teammates the best ways I can to set them up. That would make me look good and everybody look good.On what specifically his workouts consist of this week:Curry: When I get onto the court, its an hour-and-a-half of lot of shots, a lot of moving, cutting and working out of sets, getting jump shots up. Ive been playing a lot of one-on-one, working on defensive positioning, sliding your feet and staying low with (teammates Kent Bazemore and Charles Jenkins)."Thats the part thats most beneficial while Im here, working out with our guys, pushing each other and playing in competitive situations, which I havent done since March. Feels good to be able to do that and feel healthy.More on personal goals: Curry: "Make the playoffs and whatever personal accolades come from that somebody is doing something well. If its me, whoever, doesnt matter as long as were relevant come the third week of April and not planning beach trips.On when his frustration reached its worst point: Curry: "Probably obviously the time I did it on March 10 against Dallas, when I played about four games straight and made a simple pivot move to change the ball from side to side and landed on somebodys foot and twisted it.The way that I hurt myself was frustrating. That was the point where I had gotten some momentum in the second half of the season and it stopped just like that."That was probably the toughest time and then after that I didnt play again.Just being patient for that first month, trying to get back and then getting to the point where we ran out of time.On possible contract extension weighing on his mind: Curry: "Its not. Thats my agent and (general manager) Bob (Myers) having a meeting, talking about it, and Ill make a decision once the details are out. Whether I get an extension or not Ive still got to play this year and be healthy. Thats my only goal, my only focus.It would be great to get that done. I want to be here in Golden State, be a part of the future were trying to build here. Its not like Im trying to skip out or do anything else. If they make a great offer, Im definitely going to take it.

Playing in OKC is no longer a big deal for Durant: 'Just a regular game'

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Playing in OKC is no longer a big deal for Durant: 'Just a regular game'

Kevin Durant in his first season with the Warriors faced three benchmark games, two of which were against the Cavaliers and, specifically, LeBron James. The third was his return to Oklahoma City, where Durant created his NBA legend.

With all eyes on him, Durant aced all three exams. He was individually better than LeBron, twice, and when he arrived in Oklahoma City last February, with thousands of emotionally wounded fans targeting him for ridicule, he ravaged his former team.

Durant totaled a team-high 34 points (12-of-21 shooting, including 3-of-6 from deep, 7-of-7 from the line), nine rebounds and three assists in a 130-114 rout.

So there will be no such dramatic backdrop Wednesday when Durant takes the floor at Chesapeake Energy Arena, and it is anticipated his sprained left ankle will have healed sufficiently enough to allow him to play. Regardless of whether he plays, hHs return this time simply will not generate the tremendous local turbulence it did last season.

“It was a pretty fun moment to be a part of,” Durant told reporters at practice Tuesday. “You always respect the players on the court. And the people that have stuff to say about what’s going on on the court, they really don’t matter.

“So I just tried to go out there and think about that. Just realize that the players on the court are the most important and I know if I don’t focus and lock in, I won’t play to the best of my ability. I tried to block out all the nonsense and the BS and just go out there and play.”

There should be considerably less BS and nonsense this time around, for this is a more evolved Durant and this is not the OKC team he left behind, shattered in a dozen little pieces scattered around a new solo act that was Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook now has two fellow All-Stars at his side. OKC general manager Sam Presti navigated offseason deals to acquire both Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. There is a sense that the reloaded Thunder can make some playoff noise, and that matters in the wake of a steep drop last postseason.

Having spent most of a day interviewing locals in advance of the Warriors-Thunder game last season, it was apparent those folks were heartbroken by KD’s departure but perhaps more crestfallen about what little was left of their beloved team.

Durant, who remains connected to some of his personal causes in OKC, seems to recognize that. It’s enough to assuage any unease he may have felt for the fans that once adored him.

Asked Tuesday if there was any lingering sentiment about returning to the place where he spent eight seasons, Durant barely hesitated.

“No, it’s just a regular game for me now,” he said. “I learned how to tune out the crowd. I learned how to tune out the b------t and just play. Just keep it at basketball and I’ll be all right.”

It has been 16 months since Durant woke up on the morning of July 4 and announced his decision to sign with the Warriors. Durant has adapted to the Bay Area. He drives the local streets, rides BART every so often and has his favorite spots. He has his hands all over the high-tech industry that drives so much of the energy here.

Durant has moved deeply into the next phase of his career and has his eyes on his post-career options. OKC was home for most of his NBA life, but he now lives elsewhere.

Kevin Durant is in a good place, in most every way, and he likes it.

“I’ve been in the league for this long and been in every situation as a basketball player: losing games, winning games, overtime games, winning a championship, losing a championship, MVP, coming in second in the MVP,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been through everything in the league as an individual player. All those experiences have given me knowledge and given me insight on the game and what it’s about.

“It’s pretty simple when you think about it. You work, you work, you work. You gain experience, you gain knowledge and when it’s time to give it to somebody else you do it. When it’s time to apply it to your game, you just apply it when you play. “

When KD steps on the floor Wednesday and sees George and Anthony behind Westbrook, he can’t help but feel the difference. He has moved on and so have the Thunder.

There is reason, good reason, to believe the man when he says going back this time is just another game.

JaVale McGee wins fun bet with Steph Curry over Nevada-Davidson game

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JaVale McGee wins fun bet with Steph Curry over Nevada-Davidson game

UPDATE (9:01pm PT): It's fanny pack time for Steph Curry.

His Davidson Wildcats lost to JaVale McGee's Nevada Wolf Pack 81-68 on Tuesday night, meaning the Warriors' point guard will have to wear a fanny pack to at least three games.

McGee and his alma mater wasted no time celebrating their big victory.

No response from Curry yet. We'll find out Wednesday if he makes good on his obligation to wear the fanny pack.

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When your alma mater plays the alma mater of your teammate, you have to put a wager on the outcome of the game.

That's exactly what Steph Curry and JaVale McGee have done for Tuesday night's clash between the Davidson Wildcats and Nevada Wolf Pack.

But money isn't on the line. Public embarrassment is, though.

Curry and McGee shared the wager on Twitter ahead of the 7pm PT tip-off.

If Curry's Wildcats win, McGee has to serve as his caddie for one round of golf and the Warriors center can't use a golf cart. He has to walk and carry Curry's clubs. Curry originally suggested three rounds, but lowered the number to one,

If McGee's Wolf Pack win, Curry has to wear a fanny pack to at least three games. McGee is famous for always having a fanny pack around his waist.

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