Curry hoping to follow Brady's lead, extend championship prime

Tom Brady, Steph Curry

On Sunday, Tom Brady will play in his 10th Super Bowl. He will have played in 18 percent of all Super Bowls. He's advanced to the Super Bowl in 10 of his 21 NFL seasons (47.6 percent) and that number goes over 50 percent if you take out the 2008 season when Brady missed all but part of one game with a torn ACL.

That means statistically, Brady has a better chance of finishing the season in the Super Bowl than Steph Curry does of making a 3-pointer (43.3 percent). That's a number that boggled Warriors head coach Steve Kerr's mind.

"Someone gave me a great stat the other day, they said Tom Brady' chances of going to the Super Bowl each season are actually greater than Steph's chances of making a 3-pointer in an NBA game. Anybody see that? It's sort of insane," Kerr told reporters Monday.

That Brady stat isn't the only thing about the Bucs quarterback that's in the Warriors' mind.

Brady, 43, left the New England Patriots in the offseason to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and immediately found himself back in the Big Game. Come Sunday, Brady will have started a Super Bowl in three separate decades and he still has shown no signs of slowing down. The six-time Super Bowl champion has previously said he wants to play until he's 45 but told reporters Monday he's open to extending that deadline.

As Curry and the Warriors look to find a way to rekindle their dynasty, Curry is motivated by Brady's ability to still play at an elite level and play for titles well into his 40s.


"It's a different sport, different position, but it's definitely -- the little things that you can do, that I've been doing, that I'm doing now, that I can do going forward to make sure your body is able to recover, able to stay in prime condition, so that you give yourself the best chance to be ready for season after season after season," Curry told reporters Monday.

"And then you make the necessary adjustments of what your game needs to morph into or things like that. ... The approach and the discipline that he demonstrated on what it means to be a professional athlete at that level with that longevity, it doesn't happen by accident. So there are things that you can do to put yourself in a position to stretch it out even farther."

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Curry, 32, said he still feels like he's in his mid-20s and clearly has his sights on extending his prime for as long as possible in the same way Brady and LeBron James have.

As Brady goes for his seventh Super Bowl title, Curry admitted he thinks about the Warriors' own championship window.

"There are things that are within your control and things that aren't," Curry said. "But all the little things that you do on a daily basis, all the work that you put in, is building towards getting back to that stage and understanding -- you're living in reality so you know unless you're playing quarterback for the Tampa Bay Bucs right now, there's a fine line between when you're at your peak and when you need to really get the most out of what you got on the court.

"That's kind of the perspective, so definitely think about it."

With Klay Thompson out for the season with a torn Achilles, Curry and the Warriors almost certainly won't be making an NBA Finals appearance this season.

While Curry plans to extend his prime for as long as possible, the Warriors also must make the necessary sacrifices to ensure that Curry has everything around him to compete for championships as long as he ways. Something Bill Belichick and the Patriots didn't do for Brady near the end.

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