Why Steph Curry is 'optimistic' about Warriors after rocky preseason

Why Steph Curry is 'optimistic' about Warriors after rocky preseason

The NBA preseason was far from perfect for the Warriors. They went 2-3, losing three times to the Lakers, and dealt with injuries as well. To no surprise, the misgivings didn't change Steph Curry's feelings going into the regular season. 

In fact, it's quite the opposite. 

When asked to find one word to describe his feelings about this Golden State team, Curry showed his confidence in the squad. 

"I like optimistic, because I know it didn't look great, but I can feel us getting better more than I could in years past," Curry said on the latest episode of the "TK Show." "In years past with the talent we had and the experience and some things just went unsaid ... we don't have that quote-unquote luxury, so every marginal gain that we have, you can tell.

"You can feel and see the confidence, especially with the young guys." 

The Warriors likely will have to lean on some young players right away. Former top-10 NBA draft pick Marquese Chriss earned his way onto the roster after an impressive preseason. Jordan Poole, Golden State's first-round draft pick this year, averaged 13.2 points per game in the preseason and Eric Paschall, one of the Warriors' second-round draft picks from this past summer, quickly could find time.

Curry believes the plethora of new players on the Warriors are understanding the system better every day. The results are far from flawless, though he can see the improvements. 

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Another reason Curry is confident going into Thursday's regular-season opener against the Clippers at Chase Center is because of three players who were out for the preseason. Big men Willie Cauley-Stein and Kevon Looney were sidelined, as well as guard/small forward Alec Burks. All three should soon be ready to roll.

"Those three guys are gonna help us a lot," Curry said.

So, while the Warriors' doubters will have their voices heard after a shaky preseason, the glue that holds Golden State together hasn't lost a drop of trust in his teammates.

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Warriors' Steve Kerr says trade rumors don't affect D'Angelo Russell

Warriors' Steve Kerr says trade rumors don't affect D'Angelo Russell

D'Angelo Russell is rapidly approaching a date some NBA observers have circled since the Warriors acquired him this summer.

Golden State can trade Russell as soon as Sunday, Dec. 15, and the 23-year-old has been the source of trade speculation during his time in the Bay Area. The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski reported Wednesday, citing sources that the Minnesota Timberwolves "remain interested in Russell" and that the guard "seems to be realistic in understanding that he may not be long for the Warriors once Steph Curry and Klay Thompson return to full health."

Russell is averaging a career-high 22.4 points per game this season to go with 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds, serving as the top offensive option in the absence of his All-Star teammates. He knew he wouldn't play much with Thompson this season as he recovers from a torn ACL, but Curry's broken hand threw a wrench into the Warriors' -- and thus Russell's -- prospects this season. Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised how Russell has handled the rumors surrounding him. 

"Money doesn't buy peace of mind," Kerr said Friday morning (H/T San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau). "It doesn't buy a sense of belonging, a sense of, 'Alright, this is my team.' If there's speculation that you're going to be traded all the time, I don't care how much money you make, I don't care who you are. That's tough. That's no fun to deal with, and this season has been nowhere close to what D'Angelo thought it would be when he first signed with us.

"There's no Steph. We're struggling to win games. He's had his own injuries, and we're throwing all kinds of different lineups out there based on the other injuries we've faced." 

Russell has played in just 15 of the Warriors' 27 games this season, playing on a team that looks far more like the Los Angeles Lakers of his first two seasons than the playoff-contending Brooklyn Nets a year ago -- let alone the reigning Western Conference champion Warriors. 

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Kerr, who entered this season with the highest winning percentage in NBA history (.785), is as aware of Golden State's dramatically different reality as anyone. He said it has only brought out the best in Russell. 

"So given all that, he's played really well, and he's been a great teammate and he's doing everything he needs to do to solidify his position here," Kerr continued. "But this is the NBA here, and we never know what's coming, what's happening. So, it's a difficult position to be in in general, but for him in particular it's strange set of circumstances and he's handling it really well." 

Whether or not the Warriors trade Russell, it's clear Kerr holds him in high regard.

Watch Warriors' Ky Bowman dominate for Santa Cruz in G League debut

Watch Warriors' Ky Bowman dominate for Santa Cruz in G League debut

Warriors two-way guard Ky Bowman made his G League debut Friday night in Santa Cruz.

He dominated the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario. 

The Boston College product could have scored 40 points if he really wanted to, but he picked his spots and made sure his teammates were getting good looks.

After shootaround in Utah on Friday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked what Bowman can work on while he's with the Sea Dubs.

"He's got a really aggressive mindset -- which I like -- but there are still circumstances and situations where he needs to think more pass," Kerr said. "And more strategic, rather than just score, score, score."

Bowman clearly listened to the eight-time NBA champion.

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Also, "Sky Bowman" was on full display.

The 22-year-old will be back in action Sunday afternoon as Santa Cruz faces the Northern Arizona Suns. Watch the game at 2:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.

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