Steve Kerr acknowledges Stephen Curry’s growing leadership role with Warriors
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has seen how Stephen Curry has grown into a full-fledged leader of the team. This year, he expects Curry to be a bit more vocal as one of the team’s veterans.
“He’s never going to be Draymond,” Kerr said, per Nick Friedell of ESPN. “He’s never going to be up, barking away. But he’s more inclined to say something now than he would have been when I first got here, for sure. And I think with this team especially — Steph’s smart, and he realizes what we’ve lost in the last couple of years from a veteran leadership standpoint. So he understands he’s got more responsibility in that regard now.”
Curry, for his part, said that his focus on how to incorporate the new guys into the team’s culture and playstyle. He’s aware that the Warriors are a relatively new team now and as the team’s best and oldest player, he has to adjust to this change.
“I don’t have to change who I am as a leader,” Curry told ESPN. “I think it’s more so just about awareness and understanding what this team needs specifically in the details to help us be successful. Incorporating D’Angelo [Russell], who is going to be great for us.”
Echoing Kerr, the two-time MVP shared that he’s always led by example. Unlike Draymond Green who’s seen as the team’s vocal leader, Curry chooses to utter words only when he feels it’s necessary.
“But I’ve always been a leader by example. Be vocal when necessary and that’s just who I am, that’s how I continue to lead, but it’s all about just having an awareness of how this team is different than teams of past and embracing that.”
The 2019-20 season will definitely be a critical yet exciting year for the Warriors. Fans may need a bit of time to get used to the new squad. But as they play more and more games, it’s safe to assume that the Warriors will eventually click and mesh smoothly.