Well that was fast.

On Friday morning, Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report wrote the following about Warriors superstar Steph Curry:

His lengthy absence is not borne merely from being cautious with the franchise's best player. A team source says the fracture was worse than originally thought, and it's unlikely that he plays again this season.

Apparently, that is far from the truth, as a source has told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock something very different.

Bucher later clarified his original reporting.

The Warriors' last regular-season game is April 15, which is five-and-a-half months after Curry underwent surgery on his broken left hand.

So it would be quite shocking if we don't see the two-time NBA MVP again this year.

But on Friday morning, Curry's personal trainer -- Brandon Payne of Accelerate Basketball -- was a guest on "The Habershow" podcast with NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh, and he gave a very interesting response when Haberstroh said, 'Steph's coming back this year, right?' 

"You know, I don't know. I know he wants to. It's all gonna depend on how this rehab process plays out. It's three months to reevaluation, and then at that point we'll have a better idea of the timeline and what he can and can't do.

"Those first few weeks are gonna be critical in just how the movement comes back in the wrist and how that hand responds to activity. If it was an ankle or a knee and it was something we were familiar with, I think you'd probably have definitive answers.

"But when you're dealing with the unknown and you're dealing with surgery and longer recovery times, it's gonna have to be a wait-and-see-thing.

"As an organization, they're being very, very intelligent and well thought out about how they're going about this season. It might not be the most fun thing for their fans, but it's not like this year is the finish line.

"It's a long, long process when you're looking at doing things over a three, four, five-year period."

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Early February can't get here soon enough.


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