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Warriors' Steph Curry wants to prove Steve Kerr right, perform at peak

Warriors' Steph Curry wants to prove Steve Kerr right, perform at peak

Steph Curry has made Steve Kerr look very smart many times, and the Warriors coach likely is hoping the star point guard does so again in reference to one of Kerr's recent proclamations.

On Sunday, Kerr told reporters after practice that he believed Curry was, "at his peak physically, mentally." A day later, Curry insisted he hoped to prove Kerr correct.

"Didn’t he say that last year, too? Two years ago?” Curry responded when told of Kerr's opinion, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau. “So, I’m still sustaining this level, right? I don’t know what kind of time limit he’s putting on me. I like that.

"He said that two years ago, and I tried to prove him right," Curry continued. "Then he’ll say that two years from now, and I’ll try to prove him right again."

Kerr previously said Curry was at his peak just prior to the start of the 2017-18 season, which concluded with the second of consecutive championships. Of course, that Warriors team was arguably one of the most talented in league history, and much of that talent has since departed Golden State.

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With Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson expected out until at least the All-Star break, Curry will have to take on a greater offensive role than he played the last time Kerr thought he was at his peak. If he can provide what the Warriors will need, he can prove Kerr's original proclamation false and his most recent one correct.

Why Steve Kerr hasn't called Phil Jackson to talk Warriors' struggles

Why Steve Kerr hasn't called Phil Jackson to talk Warriors' struggles

Steve Kerr has learned a lot from Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson over the years, and still considers the "Zen Master" one of his mentors.

But as the Warriors' coach continues to navigate this difficult season, he won't be leaning on Jackson for advice.

"Phil doesn’t know anything about a losing team," Kerr recently told Mark Medina of USA Today Sports, before laughing. "So there’s no point in calling him."

Jackson -- who won 11 NBA titles with the Bulls (six) and Lakers (five) -- never experienced a losing campaign in 20 seasons as an NBA head coach.

He boasts a regular season record of 1155 wins and 485 losses, and a playoff record of 229 wins and 104 losses.

Over his first five years with Golden State, Kerr's win percentage was even higher -- as he went 322-88 during the regular season and 77-28 in the postseason.

But the Warriors are 2-12 this season and it's not crazy to think they could finish with the worst record in the league.

So while Kerr's win-loss mark is going to take a hit, it might end up helping in the long run if the Warriors secure a top-3 pick in the 2020 draft.

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“The goal is to try to win every game," Kerr told Medina. "The reality is we’re not (doing) enough to do so right now. The other stuff, we don’t control. Whatever happens, happens.

"Our goal is to go out there and try to perform our best every night, get better and try to build something positive.”

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Top NBA draft prospect LaMelo Ball is big fan of Warriors' Steph Curry

Top NBA draft prospect LaMelo Ball is big fan of Warriors' Steph Curry

About seven months from now, LaMelo Ball will hear his name called at the 2020 NBA Draft.

The 18-year-old -- who is playing for the Illawarra Hawks in Australia's National Basketball League -- is the younger brother of Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball.

He is averaging 15.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.6 steals through 11 games.

What does LaMelo think about Warriors superstar Steph Curry?

Here is an excerpt from a recent Bleacher Report feature on LaMelo, written by Mirin Fader:

Finally sitting back down, he pulls up NBA highlights on his phone. "My boy Curryyyyyy!" he says, watching Warriors guard Stephen Curry splash a deep three. Jackson and Brooks head out for another drink as LaMelo decides to stay in.

He waves goodbye, then grows quiet, locked into his phone. He is mesmerized by the threes, by the possibility that he could soon be there.

LaMelo wouldn't have said this if he didn't admire and/or respect Curry's game.

And it's wild to think that because the three-time NBA champion will be sidelined for several more months because of a broken left hand, he just might end up being teammates with LaMelo -- who is projected to be a top-5 pick in June.

It's even possible that he ends up going No. 1 overall, and the Warriors currently have the worst record in the NBA.

Nobody knows how things will shake out, but it's fun to imagine what could transpire.

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As for those highlights LaMelo was watching -- in the Warriors' second preseason game against Minnesota on Oct. 10, Curry scored 40 points (in just 25 minutes) and went 6-for-9 from 3-point range.

Basketball misses you, Steph.

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