Documentarian Gotham Chopra details Stephen Curry's spirit, commitment


Documentarian Gotham Chopra details Stephen Curry's spirit, commitment

Stephen Curry is widely known as the best shooter of all time, but according to the producer of his latest docu-series, the Warriors star also might be one of the biggest competitors in sports.

Following a March 4 home loss to the Boston Celtics, Curry, according to documentarian Gotham Chopra, went through a full workout and stayed at Oracle Arena until 1 a.m., participating in a half-court shot competition because he couldn't leave the court a loser.

Chopra is the co-creator of the upcoming docu-series, "Stephen vs. The Game," which is due out in the spring. He also was the latest guest on the Warriors Insider Podcast, where he discussed a variety of subjects, including his work with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, and even Tom Brady's relationship with President Donald Trump.

Of his time working with Bryant on Kobe's "Muse," Chopra describes an intense working relationship during the guard's recovery from a torn Achilles.

"He would send these texts messages at three in the morning and be like, 'Hey, dude you got to come down. I have something to say,' and he would stay up all night," Chopra said.

Bryant had production go from Los Angeles to Newport Beach, even offering to move Chopra there to keep a closer eye on the project.

"We built, essentially, a studio in his office in Newport," Chopra added. "As we got into post-production, Kobe was like, 'Hey, so I want to like have the post process done in Newport.' And he was like, 'We can get you a house in Newport, and I was like, you can get me a house, but you can't get me a family.' "

With James, Chopra described how FOX News anchor Laura Ingraham's "shut up and dribble" comments impacted the production of the docu-series of the same name. Later in the podcast, Chopra touched on Brady's relationship with Trump, which he says has been one-sided since the president's election in 2016. And that isn't by mistake.

"He's been very upfront with me. There was a personal relationship back in the day before he became President Trump," Chopra said. "If you look now, the conversation has been pretty one-sided. Tom gets it, and he grew in the Bay Area and his parents are pretty liberal. He lives in Boston, so Tom, not unlike Steph, I think sort of finding his voice and never really talked publicly about these things, never even thought of them in many ways but was put on blast during this past election."

Curry, according to Chopra, is speaking out with his actions.

"He's got this motto 'teach, don't preach,' " Chopra said. "He's not LeBron in that same way -- like LeBron is very outspoken, and he's out there and there are these principles. ... It's almost like a purposeful communication strategy, in terms of what he's trying to say. Steph is more, passive is probably the wrong word, but he wants to live like his principles, and that's a process.

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"You see it more in him being a father and him being a husband," Chopra added. "You can see Steph, he's not just going to put his name on something. Even this project, he's deeply involved and engaged."

You can listen to the entire Warriors Insider Podcast with Chopra in the player here

Warriors' Steve Kerr says trade rumors don't affect D'Angelo Russell

Warriors' Steve Kerr says trade rumors don't affect D'Angelo Russell

D'Angelo Russell is rapidly approaching a date some NBA observers have circled since the Warriors acquired him this summer.

Golden State can trade Russell as soon as Sunday, Dec. 15, and the 23-year-old has been the source of trade speculation during his time in the Bay Area. The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski reported Wednesday, citing sources that the Minnesota Timberwolves "remain interested in Russell" and that the guard "seems to be realistic in understanding that he may not be long for the Warriors once Steph Curry and Klay Thompson return to full health."

Russell is averaging a career-high 22.4 points per game this season to go with 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds, serving as the top offensive option in the absence of his All-Star teammates. He knew he wouldn't play much with Thompson this season as he recovers from a torn ACL, but Curry's broken hand threw a wrench into the Warriors' -- and thus Russell's -- prospects this season. Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised how Russell has handled the rumors surrounding him. 

"Money doesn't buy peace of mind," Kerr said Friday morning (H/T San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau). "It doesn't buy a sense of belonging, a sense of, 'Alright, this is my team.' If there's speculation that you're going to be traded all the time, I don't care how much money you make, I don't care who you are. That's tough. That's no fun to deal with, and this season has been nowhere close to what D'Angelo thought it would be when he first signed with us.

"There's no Steph. We're struggling to win games. He's had his own injuries, and we're throwing all kinds of different lineups out there based on the other injuries we've faced." 

Russell has played in just 15 of the Warriors' 27 games this season, playing on a team that looks far more like the Los Angeles Lakers of his first two seasons than the playoff-contending Brooklyn Nets a year ago -- let alone the reigning Western Conference champion Warriors. 

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Kerr, who entered this season with the highest winning percentage in NBA history (.785), is as aware of Golden State's dramatically different reality as anyone. He said it has only brought out the best in Russell. 

"So given all that, he's played really well, and he's been a great teammate and he's doing everything he needs to do to solidify his position here," Kerr continued. "But this is the NBA here, and we never know what's coming, what's happening. So, it's a difficult position to be in in general, but for him in particular it's strange set of circumstances and he's handling it really well." 

Whether or not the Warriors trade Russell, it's clear Kerr holds him in high regard.

Watch Warriors' Ky Bowman dominate for Santa Cruz in G League debut

Watch Warriors' Ky Bowman dominate for Santa Cruz in G League debut

Warriors two-way guard Ky Bowman made his G League debut Friday night in Santa Cruz.

He dominated the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario. 

The Boston College product could have scored 40 points if he really wanted to, but he picked his spots and made sure his teammates were getting good looks.

After shootaround in Utah on Friday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked what Bowman can work on while he's with the Sea Dubs.

"He's got a really aggressive mindset -- which I like -- but there are still circumstances and situations where he needs to think more pass," Kerr said. "And more strategic, rather than just score, score, score."

Bowman clearly listened to the eight-time NBA champion.

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Also, "Sky Bowman" was on full display.

The 22-year-old will be back in action Sunday afternoon as Santa Cruz faces the Northern Arizona Suns. Watch the game at 2:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.

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