This upcoming season will have a different feel for Steph Curry and the Warriors.
With Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, DeMarcus Cousins and Shaun Livingston all gone, and with Klay Thompson slated to miss most of next season while recovering from the torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Curry will have to carry a heavy load if the Dubs are going to stay afloat in the Western Conference gauntlet.
Curry is 31, though, and the new NBA tells you that aging stars should be handled with care. They should take games off when needed. Playing back-to-backs in the regular season almost always is a no-no.
Now on the other side of 30, is Curry planning to take a Kawhi Leonard-esque approach to load management this season?
“Hell nah,” Curry told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson. “We’ve got a great opportunity to build something special with some hungry guys looking to prove themselves. There are so many narratives people can throw at us. But at the end of the day, I’ve never been the type to show up with any other mindset than to do what you do — hoop.
"We’ve got championship DNA. We know that. We’ve got our core, when Klay gets back. It’s going to be an interesting year, for sure, all the way around. It’s going to be challenging to really find that momentum early. But with the new arena, losing the Finals, this summer is a different vibe. Keeps you locked in.”
No rest for the two-time NBA MVP.
Heading into next season, Curry will have to rely on Draymond Green and new-acquisition D'Angelo Russell to help him shoulder the load in the early going. If the Dubs can stay in the playoff picture until Thompson returns, a sixth straight NBA Finals run might not be out of the question.
Regardless, Curry isn't going to take next season to recharge his batteries.