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Stephen Curry considers his latest NBA championship to be the most meaningful out of the four he’s won with the Golden State Warriors.

Curry explained the significance behind the Warriors’ 2022 title while playing a game of “this or that” with Ashley Nicole Moss of Sports Illustrated.

“You don’t find me ugly crying on the court for no reason,” he said. “That raw emotion that came out after Game 6 (of the NBA Finals) kind of signaled how much this meant to me, how much this meant to our team.

“The first one, you don’t really know what you’re doing until you accomplish it, and then you’re celebrating. The next two were kind of validation, trying to remain champions. But after these last three years and winning that one, definitely the most special.”

Curry was then asked if he’d rather have his 2022 championship ring taken away or the two he received while playing alongside Kevin Durant in 2017 and 2018.

“No, I want this one,” Curry said. “Give me this one all day, every day.”

If Stephen Curry has his way, he’ll finish his career with the Golden State Warriors.

“Honestly, I don’t want to leave ever. I want this to be my one and only home,” Curry said during Wednesday’s Oakland Athletics broadcast on NBC Sports Bay Area. “And even thinking about what happens when basketball is done … we’ll still have roots here. We’ll still have a presence here. We’ll still call this place home.”

Golden State selected Curry seventh overall in 2009. The Davidson product changed the Warriors’ fortunes, leading the club to four NBA titles in the last eight seasons.

Curry is the franchise’s all-time leader in multiple categories, including points, assists, steals, and games played. The reigning Finals MVP surpassed Ray Allen as the NBA’s top 3-point marksman in December.

Curry averaged 25.5 points, 6.3 assists, 5.2 boards, and 1.3 steals over 64 appearances during the 2021-22 campaign. The eight-time All-Star agreed to a four-year, $215-million extension last summer, becoming the first player in league history to sign a second $200-million contract. He’ll be 38 when his contract ends in 2026.

Stephen Curry praised his star counterpart Ja Morant after the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies with a 110-96 win in Game 6 at Chase Center.

“His numbers are crazy. The sky’s the limit,” Curry said, according to ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz.

Morant, who missed the Grizzlies’ last three postseason contests because of a bone bruise in his knee, averaged an eye-popping 38.3 points, 8.3 assists, and 6.7 rebounds in the first three games of the series. The Murray State product scored efficiently, converting 50.6% of his field-goal attempts while knocking down 43.3% of his 10 3-point tries per game.

Curry said the Grizzlies will remain a legitimate playoff threat with a talent like Morant leading the charge.

“They are going to be around for a long time, fighting for Western Conference prowess. So we’ll enjoy this and keep moving toward our goal, but you have to understand that they are going to be around for the long haul, and he’s a problem,” Curry said. “So definitely an amazing matchup, fun, entertaining, high-level basketball, all the antics and pettiness and all that stuff, I love all of it.”

Morant helped the Grizzlies reach the playoffs in two consecutive seasons after missing out as a rookie in the 2019-20 campaign.

Golden State will face either the Phoenix Suns or Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference finals.

As he prepares for his 13th NBA season, Stephen Curry has turned to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady for inspiration on extending his playing career.

Curry shared some of the advice Brady gave him on longevity in an interview with Monty Poole of NBC Bay Area.

“I’ve actually talked to (Brady), personally, about this,” the Golden State Warriors star said. “He’s at the point now where he can look back and talk about that with some authority and experience.

“But even he said, in the moment, when he was in his early-30s, mid-30s, late-30s, it was always, ‘I think I’ve still got two more years in me. Stay. Do everything I can to sustain yourself and stay physically and mentally sharp.’ And then you look up and you’re saying that again, saying it the next two years. And you’re saying it again.”

The 44-year-old Brady is coming off his seventh Super Bowl title and has said he plans to continue playing until he’s at least 45, which is when his current contract is set to expire.

Curry recently agreed to a four-year, $215-million contract extension that will keep him with the Warriors through the 2025-26 season.

Golden State Warriors icon Stephen Curry is the first player in NBA history to sign a second $200-million contract.

Curry agreed to a four-year, $215-million extension with the Warriors on Tuesday, the two-time MVP’s agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Curry’s new deal keeps him in Golden State through the 2025-26 season.

Curry is coming off another stellar campaign for the Warriors, capturing the second scoring title of his career while earning his fourth first-team All-NBA nod.

The 33-year-old averaged 32 points across 63 outings, the highest mark of his career, and became the first player in NBA history to average 35 points and shoot 50-40-90 in a single month (April). Curry also nailed 96 3-pointers in April, obliterating James Harden’s record (82) for most made treys in a calendar month.

The seven-time All-Star is set to enter his 13th NBA season – all with the Warriors – with Golden State looking to bounce back following an underwhelming campaign.

Warriors president of basketball operations and general manager Bob Myers told reporters Monday he’s “pretty confident” Golden State will ink Stephen Curry to a contract extension during the offseason, according to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater.

The 2020-21 MVP finalist is set to enter free agency after next season, but he’s eligible to sign a four-year, $215.4-million extension this summer, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Curry became the first NBA player to ink a super-max extension, agreeing to a five-year, $201-million contract with the Warriors in 2017.

Curry has spent his entire 12-year career in the Bay Area. The former seventh overall pick passed the legendary Wilt Chamberlain last month as Golden State’s all-time leading scorer.

Curry, a seven-time All-Star, had one of his best campaigns this past season. He averaged a career-high 32 points on 48.2% shooting while adding 5.8 assists and 5.5 boards over 63 appearances.

Myers hopes to continue building a championship roster around Curry and the Warriors’ core.

“You owe it to them to try to win. Those people don’t come along too often with that kind of talent that he obviously has,” Myers said, according to USA Today’s Mark Medina.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is the NBA’s scoring champion for the second time in his career.

Curry clinched the scoring title over Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal during the first quarter of the Warriors’ 113-101 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. He finished the victory with 46 points – recording his 11th 40-plus-point game this season – to help Golden State clinch the Western Conference’s No. 8 seed entering the play-in tournament.

The 33-year-old becomes the second-oldest player in league history to win a scoring title. During the 1997-98 campaign, Michael Jordan led the NBA in scoring at the age of 34 with 28.7 points per game. Curry also joins Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to win multiple scoring titles, MVP awards, and NBA championships.

Curry, who averaged 32 points per game over 63 contests, relied on his incredible shooting touch to pace the league in scoring. The sharpshooter drained 300-plus threes in a season for the fourth time in his career. Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden is the only other player in league history to accomplish that feat after doing so in 2018-19.

Washington Wizards floor general Russell Westbrook took home his third career assist title, while Atlanta Hawks big man Clint Capela earned recognition as the league’s top rebounder. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert led the NBA in both blocks per game and field-goal percentage.

Below is the full list of individual statistical leaders as the regular season ends:

CATEGORY2020-21 LEADER
PPGStephen Curry (32.0)
RPGClint Capela (14.3)
APGRussell Westbrook (11.7)
SPGJimmy Butler (2.1)
BPGRudy Gobert (2.7)
MPGJulius Randle (37.6)
FG%Rudy Gobert (67.5)
3P%Joe Harris (47.5)
FT%Chris Paul (93.4)

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James offered high praise for counterpart Stephen Curry ahead of Wednesday’s NBA play-in tournament showdown against the Golden State Warriors.

“We’re playing, in my mind, the MVP of this year in Steph,” James told reporters after the Lakers’ 110-98 win on Sunday, including USA Today’s Mark Medina.

Curry produced one of his best career campaigns this past season. The seven-time All-Star averaged a career-high 32 points on 48.2% shooting – including 42.1% from deep – over 63 appearances in 2020-21 en route to his second career NBA scoring title.

The 33-year-old also became the second-oldest player after Michael Jordan to finish the season atop the league’s scoring leaderboard.

Curry’s 5.3 triples per contest in 2020-21 was the highest single-season average in NBA history, breaking his previous mark of 5.1. Most importantly, he’s managed to lead Golden State within a win of a playoff berth despite the season-long absence of co-star Klay Thompson.

“Everybody counted him out this year,” James said, according to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto. “Everybody said now that Klay is hurt, can Steph lead a team on his own? What’s he going to be able to do? Can he carry a team into the postseason? Can he keep a team afloat? He’s done that and more.”

Steph Curry‘s sparkling play continued on Wednesday as the Golden State Warriors sharpshooter posted 42 points during a 147-109 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Curry is enjoying a stellar week after surpassing Wilt Chamberlain for the most points in Warriors history on Monday. Still, other records have eluded him.

“Absolutely,” Curry told ESPN’s Nick Friedell when asked postgame Wednesday if he wants to retake the NBA single-game 3-point record from teammate Klay Thompson.

Thompson, who’s out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, set the mark with 14 treys in October 2018. He took the record from Curry, who posted 13 triples in November 2016.

Thompson also holds the record for the most points in a quarter after dropping 37 during a third quarter in January 2015. After Curry scored 25 in the third quarter against the Thunder, the two-time MVP could only marvel at his teammate’s accomplishment.

“I was kind of joking with some of the guys tonight because I remember Chicago, and he did it in three quarters,” Curry said about Thompson’s record showing against the Bulls in 2015.

“His 37-point quarter was even crazier, because I had 25 tonight and it just seemed like I was invincible out there; this dude had 12 more points in the same amount of time, so that was crazy in and of itself,” Curry added. “And then the 14 threes. I had 11; I felt like I couldn’t miss. I think it’s gettable, but we’ll see.”

Curry’s recent performances certainly suggest as much.

He’s totaled 10-plus 3-pointers in two straight outings while also recording eight consecutive games with 30-plus points, the longest such streak during his illustrious career. Wednesday’s production against the Thunder was also the 25th time this season Curry has scored 30-plus points.

Over seven games in April, Curry is averaging 39.5 points, seven rebounds, and 3.8 assists. He’s also shooting 46.2% from deep.

“(It’s) arguably the best I’ve felt physically and in rhythm, shooting the ball, just seeing the game, so trying to make it last as long as I can,” Curry said.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry surpassed Wilt Chamberlain to become the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.

Curry’s milestone bucket came against the Denver Nuggets on Monday on a layup toward the end of the first quarter. He scored 21 points in the frame, marking the 29th time Curry has registered 20 or more points in one quarter, courtesy ESPN’s Nick Friedell.

He finished the game with 53 points on 10-of-18 shooting from beyond the arc to go with seven rebounds and four assists.

Prior to Monday’s contest, Curry was just 19 points away from overtaking Chamberlain on the Warriors’ career scoring leaderboard.

Golden State’s all-time scorers

RANKPLAYERPOINTS
1.Stephen Curry17818
2.Wilt Chamberlain17783
3.Rick Barry16447
4.Paul Arizin16266
5.Chris Mullin16235
6.Nate Thurmond13191
7.Jeff Mullins12547
8.Klay Thompson11995
9.Purvis Short11894
10.Neil Johnson10023

Curry is the only player among the Warriors’ top five all-time scorers not to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. However, the 33-year-old is all but certain to add that honor following his retirement.

The seven-time All-Star, two-time MVP, and three-time champion also leads Golden State all time in 3-pointers and assists. He’s currently in his 12th season with the Warriors.

Chamberlain played just five-and-a-half years with the franchise, dating back to its time as the Philadelphia Warriors. However, he averaged 41.5 points during that span. That includes a 50.4 points per game average in 1961-62, which still stands as the highest scoring rate ever over an entire season.