It’s been almost nine months since the Golden State Warriors last competed in the NBA, as the team finished with the league’s worst record at 15-50 and were one of just eight teams that were not invited to the NBA Bubble. One reason for the Warriors’ struggles last season was the injuries to All-Star guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Curry, who suffered a hand injury that required surgery, was limited to just five games last season.
Their dismal record gave Golden State, which had previously won three championships and made five straight Finals, the unfamiliar feeling of watching the playoffs at home, which ended when LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers won the franchise’s first title in a decade.
Curry and LeBron James memorably met in the Finals for four straight years from 2015-2018 back when he was still with the Cleveland Cavaliers, with the Warriors winning three of their matchups. Speaking with Zach Frydenlund of Complex regarding the launch of his own Curry Brand with Under Armour, the 32-year old guard had high praise for James, now a four-time champion, but said that he isn’t too focused on their personal rivalry, as they have the rest of the league to worry about.
But I think at the end of the day, if you get caught up in that, you’re already at a disadvantage just because there’s so many other teams and other players at the top.And what Bron did in the Finals, or in the bubble season this year, and what he continues to do every year—it’s truly remarkable and unbelievable. I love that competition.
The two-time MVP and six-time All Star added that he has moved on from the Warriors-Cavaliers rivalry and that he wants his team to be a contender every year.
I want to be in that conversation every year, no matter who it is. Forever, it’s going to be hard to get rid of the four year back and forth between the Warriors and Cleveland, but we’re moving on.
Stephen Curry and the Warriors are certainly back in the conversation as contenders next season after adding selecting big man James Wiseman with the second overall pick of the 2020 Draft and the additions of Kelly Oubre Jr., Kent Bazemore, Brad Wanamaker, and his own return from injury.