Stephen Curry to have minutes monitored in 2020-21, per Steve Kerr
The two-time MVP will be 32 by the time the new season starts and will need some tactful planning if he is to absorb the long trek his body has endured after five NBA Finals trips in the past six seasons. Kerr admitted some careful minutes management might be in order:
“Now, (Curry’s) at the point where he’s been at the peak of his powers for the last couple of years,” Warriors coach Kerr told David Aldridge of The Athletic. “If anything, it’s on us to try to begin to manage his minutes. We’ve always been really blessed. We’ve been able to do that because of the talent on our team. We’ve never really run Steph into the ground. We don’t have as much depth as we once did. It’s on us as a coaching staff to make sure we get him his rest every night, and we’re not wearing him out.”
Kerr has indeed been blessed with a mostly-healthy Curry for the majority of his six-year tenure with the organization. Pre-Kerr Curry had a history of grave ankle injuries, and while those have resurfaced from time to time, it hasn’t kept the Warriors from going the distance in the postseason.
Curry’s shooting ability if greatly expected to age gracefully, but his rainbow bombs will only go as far as his legs can carry them, making the minutes management approach a smart bet by Kerr and company.