Warriors coach believes Stephen Curry ‘just hitting his prime’ after summer of rest
Warriors guard Stephen Curry will reload for another long basketball season after reaching the NBA Finals four straight times, but despite having won three titles in four years, along with two MVP awards, assistant coach Bruce Fraser believes Curry is “just hitting his prime” after returning well-rested from his offseason.
“He’s in as good of a place as I’ve seen him,” said Fraser, according to Connor LeTourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Not only is he really happy in his personal life, but he’s fresh and well-rested. I think he’s just hitting his prime.”
Only two years removed from his last MVP season, it’s scary to think Curry is only starting to mount into his prime as a basketball player, considering his already-lethal 3-point acumen and innate ability to score at will.
Fraser, who is often the man working on shooting games with Curry and now Kevin Durant as well, often has the perk of hour-long conversations with Curry during shooting sessions — becoming more than just an aide to Curry’s sharpshooting, but a daily confidant.
Despite playing the same amount of playoff games than he did during a near-sweep in 2017, Curry’s offseason regimen has been his sharpest yet, linking with longtime trainer Brandon Payne less than two weeks after the birth of his first son, Canon.
The plan? Three hours a day, six days per week — as Stephen Curry was rather devoid of commitments besides his golfing endeavors, his camp and his annual Under Armour Asia Tour.
“We had the most focused offseason we’ve had in eight years,” Payne said. “We were able to push a lot of things forward, and we were able to operate on a pretty normal, regulated schedule.”
Fraser and Payne, despite working alongside the Warriors star in different capacities, both men concur in one thing — the best of Stephen Curry is yet to come.