OAKLAND -- They went at each other as kids on their home court. As preteens, they went one-on-one full court at the Toronto Raptors practice facility while their dad was at work. They played pickup games as teenagers and college students. Every summer lately, they work out together, keeping each other sharp.
Now, brothers Stephen and Seth Curry are facing off in Warriors training camp. The older a bona fide stud, the younger trying to prove he belongs at this level.
Think it'll be different?
"We'll see when practice comes around," Seth said while flashing a sneaky smile. "I think so. We'll see how it goes in an organized, practice setting."
If there is anyone who knows full well the talent of Steph Curry, it's Seth, the former Duke star who went undrafted in June thanks largely to a shin injury. And if there is anyone who knows how to go at the Warriors' starting point guard, his tendencies and weaknesses, it's Seth.
That's why Seth, who is wearing No. 3, said he looks forward to taking their lifelong rivalry to a new level. Sure, he's younger and smaller, but they've had the greatest times together on the court all their life. He expects this to be special.
"Absolutely," said Seth, who has no problem raving about his big brother. "Put aside that he's my brother, that's one of the top five point guards in the league. Being able to play against him every day in practice -- and guys like Toney Douglas, who is one of the best in the league defensively -- is only going to make me better."