Steph Curry was just trying to enjoy a relaxing day in Mexico with his brother Seth and father Dell, taking part in an annual golf outing before the two Curry brothers embarked on another NBA season.
In speaking with The Athletic's Anthony Slater, Dell explained how Steph reacted when he had to take a call from Warriors general manager Bob Myers mid-round.
“We could tell something was not right,” Dell told Slater earlier this week. “He stopped golfing for a while and he told us (to) play through.”
Steph was told that his fellow Splash Brother and longtime teammate Klay Thompson had suffered yet another long-term injury, an Achilles tear expected to sideline him for the entire 2020-21 NBA season.
“Steph took it hard, but we all took it hard,” Dell told Slater. “We’re all Warriors fans. We all felt his pain that day.
“The uncertainty of what the team was going to be like was a big concern, his role, if it could be any bigger, was going to have to be bigger. You hate it when you lose a player like Klay, but I think that made him aware that he was really going to have to be ready when the season starts. Teams are throwing everything at him. Even last night (against the Heat), he’s seeing all 10 eyes of the opponent every single night.”
Curry indeed has taken on a significantly bigger role this season in the Warriors' offense and has faced constant waves of defensive pressure without his fellow sharpshooter on the court.
It hasn't seemed to overwhelm Curry, as the star guard is averaging 29.9 points per game and has 39 more 3-pointers than the next closest NBA player. Curry firmly is within the NBA MVP conversation for the first time in several years, and the Warriors' near-.500 record is the main deterrent to his candidacy.
Thompson has been around the Warriors quite a bit this season, trying to be a leader with so many new faces in the rotation.
The two hope to be back on the court together next season with the Warriors, but Curry is doing what he can to will Golden State to a playoff appearance in a wide-open Western Conference in the meantime.