Steve Kerr explains why it is important for Stephen Curry to return to the Warriors this season
The Golden State Warriors are set to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2012. With that said, some pundits are questioning why Steve Kerr and the Dubs still plan to welcome Stephen Curry back to the rotation in the second half of the season.
Curry, who last played in October after suffering a broken left hand, is expected to return to action sometime next month. The Warriors, however, are currently holding the worst record in the league at 12-43.
Kerr recently discussed the importance of having Curry play around 15-20 games to finish the season.
Although his return will certainly have no bearing to their chances this year, Kerr is adamant that his superstar should be able to play when his body is ready to go.
“I think it’s important for Steph and Andrew (Wiggins) to get to know each and play together. I think it’s important for Steph to play without all the guys we’ve lost who are not gonna be back next year. Kevin, Andre, and Shaun,” Steve Kerr said, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
“Steph, in many ways, has depended on those guys. Sort of a giant security blanket. For a guy who’s so skilled and talented, this has still been a team effort over the years. He’s been blessed with some of the smartest and most talented players in the league. It’s going to be different for him. It’s important for him to feel the difference. It’s been different for us. Steph needs to feel that for himself”.
After the disappointing defeat at the hands of the Toronto Raptors in last year’s Finals, the Warriors entered this season with plenty of uncertainty.
Stephen Curry only managed to play in four games before the injury. He was struggling to hit his shots from distance during that stretch, only shooting 24.3 percent from downtown.