Stephen Curry is coming off one of the most frustrating campaigns of his NBA career. The Golden State Warriors fell off the map as even being a playoff-contending team. The Warriors are geared up toward bouncing back in a significant way this upcoming season. Before things get started, Curry recently admitted why he draws inspiration from the LA Lakers.
2019-20 season unfolds disasterly
The Warriors entered last season with the expectation that things could take a bumpy path.
Golden State saw star forward Kevin Durant depart for the Brooklyn Nets while Klay Thompson was only a few months removed from a torn ACL that he suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals. Things quickly headed off the rails, especially after Stephen Curry suffered a fractured wrist in the fourth game of the season.
The Warriors finished with one of the worst records in the league, while their injury issues pushed them out of the spotlight. With a clean slate ahead next season, Stephen Curry has voiced why he gathers motivation from the Lakers.
Stephen Curry remains motivated by the Lakers
Stephen Curry’s sole focus heading into his 12th season is to lead the Warriors back to relevancy and possible title contention.
A challenging task lies ahead of Golden State, especially playing in a stacked Western Conference. With that in mind, Curry recently told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that he draws much inspiration from the Lakers’ 2020 NBA title run.
“L.A. played amazing. Like LeBron, AD [Anthony Davis], I was happy for them, obviously. When you know what it takes to win a championship, whether you’re in the fight or not, you appreciate that final moment when a team accomplishes their goal. And it’s almost inspiring and motivating for us to get back and look forward to this year.
“And then, obviously, you include just what it took to get the bubble off and what that sacrifice was being down there for however many days. I’m glad they got through the season. I’m glad it worked. And L.A. did what they had to do and got it done.”
The Lakers are now the gold standard in the league that every other franchise is aiming to dethrone. Curry knows that feeling all too well, being a couple of years removed from five straight NBA Finals appearances with three championships.
LA has only potentially improved their roster this offseason with several additions such as Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell, Marc Gasol, and Wesley Matthews. They have set the bar even higher for the league that Curry is beyond motivated to guide Golden State to reach this upcoming season.
Plenty of inspiration afoot
There are plenty of reasons for Stephen Curry to hold tremendous excitement about the 2020-21 campaign.
Curry is coming off a disappointing season that saw him play in only five games while the Warriors finished with one of the worst records. There is also doubt concerning Golden State contending for an NBA title due to Klay Thompson’s torn Achilles injury.
The 32-year-old’s absence last season has, in many ways, jaded the memory of fans to forget the talent that he possesses. The table is set for Curry to put together a comeback campaign that may create a strong case for the MVP award.
The Warriors are fielding mostly a new roster with young talent, but the two-time league MVP is heading the charge. Teams such as the Lakers, LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets, and Utah Jazz will present formidable challenges along the way.
Golden State has a steep hill to climb in the upcoming season but plenty of external motivation to guide them forward.