Steph Curry's thoughts on Chase Center after first look at Warriors' new arena


Steph Curry's thoughts on Chase Center after first look at Warriors' new arena

SAN FRANCISCO -- Stephen Curry had been prepping for the Warriors' move across the Bay, to Chase Center in San Francisco.

Now, after playing 10 years in Oakland, he finally got to see his new office in person.

"Today is where it became real," Curry said Wednesday afternoon.

Curry -- who was on the premises for a JP Morgan Chase event -- spoke to about 250 girls to encourage physical fitness. Prior to that ceremony, Curry toured the $1 billion Chase Center, which officially opened Tuesday.

During Curry's first 10 NBA seasons, the Warriors practiced in downtown Oakland and played their home games 11 miles away at Oracle Arena. At Chase Center, the team will have a practice facility attached, and team employees will work out of it.

While new to arena change, Curry said he's excited about it.

"I think, for me, it's different just because I've never had that experience," Curry said. "I've seen other arenas -- growing up in Charlotte, they had that -- and that was kind of my first real experience with it, where you have one locker room, practice court, familiar setting no matter what day it is, and go over to the arena. So hopefully it will help expedite the overall comfort level of the transition." 

As for the ceremony, it was just the latest girl-empowerment-focused appearance for Curry. Last month, he hosted his second annual all-girls camp at the Warriors' facility in Oakland. Five months ago, after 9-year-old Riley Morrison pointed out that Curry's Under Armour shoe line didn't include girls' sizing, the Warriors point guard released a girl's-only colorway of his Curry 6 with the phrases “Be Fearless,” “Girl Power,” “Girls Hoop Too” and “Rock The Currys" inscribed in the sock liners.

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On Wednesday, Curry -- in conjunction with Girls Inc -- surprised more than 250 female students from across the Bay Area on Chase Center's concourse, speaking to them about the importance of physical fitness before participating in a brief workout with the students.

"I picked up some gems tonight," Curry said. "How every day you [can] set a vision of what you want to do. As a parent, you can do that. As a kid, you can do that. So, it's all kind of a collective effort."

Nets players free of coronavirus symptoms, but Kevin Durant might be delayed

Nets players free of coronavirus symptoms, but Kevin Durant might be delayed

Good news. The four Brooklyn Nets players who had tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) are now free from symptoms.

Nets general manager Sean Marks announced Wednesday during a conference call with reporters that all members of Brooklyn's traveling party had completed a two-week quarantine. Even so, they will continue to abide by social-distancing guidelines.

"As it pertains to the team," Marks said (via ESPN's Malika Andrews), "I sense -- like all of us, like the rest of New York and really the rest of the globe -- we're trying to deal with this as best we can."

The Nets were scheduled to face the Warriors at Chase Center in front of no fans on March 12, but the NBA indefinitely suspended the season the previous night after two Utah Jazz players became the first in the NBA to test positive for the coronavirus. Upon returning to Brooklyn from San Francisco, the Nets paid a private company to test the team for COVID-19, which revealed that four players had tested positive.

Of those four players, three were asymptomatic. According to Marks, however, the lone player exhibiting symptoms has since recovered.

Former Warrior Kevin Durant admitted he was one of the four Nets to test positive for the coronavirus. He hadn't played all season while recovering from a torn Achilles, and was already ruled out for the duration of the 2019-20 campaign. While Durant might have some extra time on his hands these days, it's possible that the season being indefinitely paused could delay his return to game action.

The same goes for Brooklyn point guard Kyrie Irving, who underwent shoulder surgery on March 3. Though they are able to continue their respective rehabilitations, they obviously don't have access to the practice facility, which could slow the process.

"I couldn't give an answer on when they'll play this season," Marks said. "I don't think it's fair to those athletes nor the performance team to put a timeline on it. I think everyone is dealing with bigger, far more pressing things."

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Marks insisted he would have a better idea of each player's respective timeline in another three weeks to a month, when he hopes to have more clarification about the NBA's plans to resume the season.

Of course, there's no guarantee that will happen, either.

Steph Curry explains how he's above average in 'Tour de Warriors' race

Steph Curry explains how he's above average in 'Tour de Warriors' race

Warriors players can't go to Chase Center to work on their game while the NBA season is indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

They can't use the team facilities to ride the bike, or hop on the treadmill or use the elliptical.

And not everybody has exercise equipment at home.

But those who do have been able to work out together ...

... virtually.

Ben Cohen of The Wall Street Journal has the details:

(Steph Curry) does have a Peloton bike at home. As it turns out, he’s not the only one: The Warriors have been going for a group ride in the morning.

The invitation goes out on a Slack group -- Curry admits to skipping one class because he didn’t see the message -- and then a maniacally competitive bicyclist named Draymond Green attempts to destroy everyone around him, according to a person familiar with the rides.

“In the Tour de Warriors,” Curry said, “I’m above average, but I’m not on the podium yet. I have to figure out how to get there. There’s always something to shoot for.”

It's not a surprise to hear that Draymond is competitive during these sessions, as he has been a regular at SoulCycle for quite some time.

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“You walk out feeling sweaty, feeling good like you got a workout in, but it doesn’t put much strain on the body," the three-time NBA champion told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke about one year ago. "Sometimes it’s good to get away from the game of basketball or the typical weight room.

“You’re working out with a different group of people, you’re all on rhythm, trying to stay on the beat with each other. When you add music to a workout, it’s fun. I do it a lot with my fiancée, and we have a good time. We sit next to each other. She’s really good at it.”

As for Steph -- knowing how competitive he is, don't be surprised if we learn that he wins the "Tour de Warriors" on the regular very soon.

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