Why Warriors' Steph Curry isn't playing NBA 2K right now during hiatus

Why Warriors' Steph Curry isn't playing NBA 2K right now during hiatus

With the NBA season on hold during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it seems like every player has resorted to virtual basketball. That is, except for Steph Curry. 

While the video game NBA 2K has been the fix for fans and players alike right now, it has been years since the Warriors superstar got on the sticks. And that's not going to change anytime soon. 

"I ain't seen a video game controller since I had kids, so that's a little different," Curry told Trevor Noah of "The Daily Show" when asked Monday night if he has just been playing 2K to pass the time. "I can't resort back to that." 

Curry and his wife, Ayesha, first had children with the birth of their daughter, Riley, in July of 2012, so it has been nearly eight years or more since he last played video games. Ayesha since has given birth to another daughter, Ryan (4), and a son, Canon (1). 

The three-time champion said he mostly has been working out in his indoor gym and running on his stationary bike to stay healthy. He doesn't have a basketball court at his house like some other NBA stars, but he did assemble a hoop to keep his shot sharp during this hiatus. 

“I got overwhelmed looking at the manual,” Curry said to the Wall Street Journal's Ben Cohen.

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As he dealt with a broken hand and late-season illness, Curry was limited to only five games before the season was put on hold. He has to be itching for basketball right now -- like the rest of his teammates -- though that doesn't mean he will turn to video games.

Curry might have been a hooper on 2K back in his Davidson days or earlier in his NBA career, but for the time being, those days are in the past. 

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Warriors Gaming Squad to play in tournament featuring 16 2K League teams

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Warriors Gaming Squad to play in tournament featuring 16 2K League teams

While the 2020 NBA 2K League season is still postponed due to the coronavirus, teams continue to put together exhibition tournaments to keep both players and fans engaged.

"Spring 16" is next up, and starts on April 10 with 16 of 23 NBA 2K League teams taking part in the tournament.

Warriors Gaming Squad will be in the tournament facing Cavs Legion GC in the first round on Saturday.

WGS participated last week in the "Three for All Showdown," a three-on-three tournament with an XBOX and PS4 bracket. Their XBOX squad won their first two rounds of matchups against Jazz Gaming and Team Retribution, but ultimately lost to Kings Guard Gaming in the quarterfinals.

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Hornets Venom GT is organizing the "Spring 16" tournament and will also feature: 76ers Gaming, Blazer5 Gaming, Gen.G Tigers of Shanghai, Grizz Gaming, Hawks Talon GC, Knicks Gaming, Lakers Gaming, Magic Gaming, Nets Gaming Crew, Pacers Gaming, Raptors Uprising GC, T-Wolves Gaming, Warriors and Wizards District Gaming.

How Steph Curry played in back-to-back vs. Rockets, Spurs in NBA 2K sim

How Steph Curry played in back-to-back vs. Rockets, Spurs in NBA 2K sim

Editor’s note: With the NBA season halted over coronavirus concerns, Warriors fans have unanswered questions about the team and how it’s building toward the future. To provide answers, NBC Sports Bay Area will simulate some previously scheduled Warriors games through NBA 2K, mixing video-game results with real-life insights for our coverage team.

A number of tests needed to be passed for Steph Curry to be fully integrated back into the Warriors' lineup. Among them was how Curry would play on the road during a back-to-back.

In the virtual world of NBA 2K20, he flourished under the circumstance, leading the Warriors in blowout victories over the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs.

Over the two-game stretch, Curry accumulated 71 points while shooting 60 percent from the field. During the first game of the Texas Two-Step, Curry exploded for 45 points against the Rockets, including 18 in the third quarter, helping the Warriors beat Houston 110-93. A night later, he added 26 points, as the Warriors handily beat the Spurs 108-100.

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Curry's digital outburst came during a unique time for the guard. After missing three months with a broken hand, the former MVP played his first game back from injury March 5. As Curry approached his return, Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed caution when asked how he'd bring his star guard back into the fold, making the virtual back-to-back uncertain. However, Curry pushed back on the notion of sitting out games down the stretch.

In any case, Curry's digital availability worked out for his newest teammate Andrew Wiggins. Alongside Curry, Wiggins scored 36 points against the Spurs, including 18 points in the first quarter. Nearly two months ago, Wiggins was acquired in large part due to his perceived fit alongside Curry. In their lone real-world experience playing together, the duo combined for 62 points. If virtual play is any indication, Curry and Wiggins are adjusting well to each other's games.

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While the two-game stretch was promising, it might not be realistic. Entering league suspension, the Warriors were the worst team in the league, even with Curry on the active roster. While Curry's 2K play was encouraging, he'd still be playing without Klay Thompson, who was going to miss the rest of the season rehabbing a surgically repaired left knee. Additionally, Wiggins' propensity of inconsistent play could hinder a team trying to find rhythm heading into next season.

But as we've found out over the years, Curry makes any team he's on better, whether in actual or virtual reality.