Stephen Curry is tired. His droopy eyes and unkempt hair give it away. His whirlwind summer is winding down. He co-hosted the NBA social media awards. He shot a Foot Locker commercial with James Harden. He visited Africa.
Now, Curry is at Pebble Beach. After spending seven hours with campers on Monday Â-- dunking for the crowd at his overnight camp at The Stevenson School, he was back for more on Tuesday. Soon, he will head back to Charlotte, then after Labor Day, he will come back to Oakland to get ready for training camp.
But first, he took time to do a question-and-answer session with the Bay Area News Group.
It's been great -- mentally more so than physically. I can't understate how good it feels to not have to do rehab. Just not having to grind through the strenuous process. I feel like I've been able to pace myself this summer so I can be in top physical shape for training camp.Â"
Nothing really. It's just the fact I could do it a month after the season was over. I could get back into my routine. I didn't have to sit out two-and-a-half months without touching a ball. I can take my workout to new levels because I set that foundation early, instead of playing catch-up in the month of August.
Because golf is not my priority, I guess you can say. When you're in competition it's fun. But you get a little shaky hands when you have an opportunity to win if you're not used to that kind of setting. That's what happened to me. I didn't play terribly down the stretch. It was more like I tried to run the clock out instead of making a couple of big-time baskets. I tried to milk the clock like a high school game.
It killed me. Just for the first couple hours after the round. After that, it was kind of cool to be tied for fourth. They told me no basketball player has ever won the tournament. I finished higher than any other basketball player. And no current athlete has ever won it or finished that high. So, I set some marks.
According to that tournament, they'd say no. But on any given day I bet I can get beat. I played with Ray Allen. He can hit it. I beat him that day we played. But he's nice.
Probably being at my daughter's first birthday party. Blowing up rubber ducky swim rafts for the pool. Cooking for all the kids. It was nice.
We had a little anniversary weekend in Chicago. We went to our favorite restaurant. It was a good weekend. It was our first weekend together without Riley.
I wanted to go last year. You know you're helping people but you can't put faces to it and you can't really have a full appreciation for the conditions they are living in. So I had an opportunity to go and see it first hand and I jumped on it. We were able to make it happen thanks to the UN Foundation, Nothing But Nets and (founder) Rick Reilly. It really opened my eyes and even cemented the work that we're doing. Hopefully we can grow it even more.
How tough the parents have it over there. To really take care of their kids. As a parent, your one goal in life is to provide and care for your kids. Some of them have big families and they can't protect their child from malaria, from mosquitos without the nets. And they have no way to get them unless they are distributed by organizations like Nothing But Nets. So it's a sense of desperation for them. Also there was an overwhelming sense of appreciation once the mission was accomplished when we were there.
I think about Game 1 against the Spurs all the time. We played so well in Game 2. If we would have gotten that done in Game 1, I feel like we would've been in great shape to have a firm grip on the series going back home.
By sticking to the game plan consistently over the course of the season. I was really good my first two months, especially on the pick-and-roll. I don't know if it was a fatigue issue, or playing minutes, or lack of attention to detail. I wasn't that bad. I've looked at the film over the summer. But I can be a lot better, a lot more consistent, like I was the first 25 games or so.
No excuses. It's definitely possible. When I'm in the game, I'm not really thinking, 'I'm tired. Let me milk it on defense.' I've just got to dig deep. That's what you prepare in the summer for, to battle through fatigue like that. So I think it is possible. I'm not going to be defensive player of the year. But hopefully I can be top 10 (among point guards) and be able to disrupt some of the best point guards in the world.
I don't really care. I know I can. I know I'm capable of it. I know I've shown it. I'm not a liability on the defensive end at all, I don't think.
Probably just trying to balance family life and private time. You have a busier schedule and opportunities are thrown at you. Knowing when to say no, when you're doing too much, or knowing what is too much. It's a balancing act over the summer. I feel like I have a lot of free time, but I don't want to take away from family time.
Somewhere in there. It doesn't matter. What's the separation? From 1 to 10, is it that much of a drop off where you're like, 'Ahhh, I wish I was higher?' It doesn't make a difference. If you're in that group, on any given night you are going to play like you're the best. It's just who can be more consistent.
Yeah, but I don't know what it's based on. Everybody plays differently, everybody has a different role. If you're starting a team now it would be a different list. If you're basing it on whole career it would be different. From conversation to conversation, it's different. I think the only consistent thing is Chris Paul is in the top two no matter what you say the criteria is, pretty much. If it's most athletic, I'm not in the top 10.
I'll say 50 wins. I don't know what seeding that gets us, but I'm pretty sure we'd be a playoff team. Then we'd attack the playoffs like we did last year.
Still working on it. I've got big loyalty to Nike. There are some suitors that are throwing some pretty good offers when it comes to what they can do on and off the court to support what I'm interested in. So, we will see.