During a sit-down interview with USA Today's sports Steph curry talked about multiple topics including Boogie Cousins joining them, and LeBron James going to the Los Angeles Lakers.
USA Today Sports: So we had Chris Paul going from the Clippers to the Rockets last year, and now with LeBron going to LA this is the second straight summer where a huge star is relocating, in essence, because his team couldn’t figure out how to get past you guys. Does that idea resonate with you, that this massive movement is all sparked by the accomplishments of your group?
Curry: For sure, because we’re the champs. Every year, every summer, everybody has to figure out, for one, what’s the best interest for you as a person, and your family and where you are in your career and make decisions. And two, if I was on the other side, and I wasn’t on the team that was the last man standing and holding the trophy, you try to exhaust all efforts to try to figure out how to get better as a team, get in a better situation, whatever the case is. But it also goes both ways, because we’re trying to get better too.
So everybody says how we’re ruining the NBA – I love that phrasing; it’s the dumbest phrase ever. We are always trying to find a way to get better. If we were just happy with winning a championship and staying stagnant, we wouldn’t be doing ourselves justice. Obviously with KD (Kevin Durant signing in 2016), with DeMarcus this summer, with the bench guys that we’ve been able to sign, everybody is trying to get better and we just happen to be the ones who set the pace and set the narrative around how you need to structure your team to beat us. That’s great. I love that vibe, because it keeps us on edge seeing the ripple effect around the NBA and where guys are going and that type of stuff.
USA Today Sports: How do you see the LeBron move? It obviously helps them, but he made that move West and you guys aren’t going away, or Houston or Utah, or OKC or Portland. What do you think they’ll be as a team?
Curry: I don’t know what they’re going to be as a team, because obviously it’s brand new and they don’t have their identity. But at the end of the day they’ll come together with LeBron leading the charge. At the end of the day, he’s in a great market, he’s in a great city, he’s around a great organization that has had a history of winning, he’s with (Lakers president of basketball operations) Magic (Johnson). It’s interesting for him to make a move.
There’s a lot that’s been made about the competition in the West and his eight straight Finals appearances and all that, but that just makes everybody raise the antenna up a little bit – including us. It’s going to be fun for fans, playing (more) in the regular season and who knows in the playoffs. So the West obviously got stronger with LeBron but you’ve still got to beat us.
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