Here’s Why Stephen Curry and a Few Teammates Are Unhappy With the Warriors Front Office

Published 10/18/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – JANUARY 15: Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors reacts to getting called for an offensive foul against the Denver Nuggets during the third quarter at Ball Arena on Thursday, January 14, 2021.(Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


The Golden State Warriors will play their first regular-season game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Looking at their preseason, they will enter the contest full of confidence. However, there may be a major hiccup in their roster after a recent release. And Stephen Curry and Draymond Green were not in favor of the front office’s decision.

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The Warriors had an interesting off-season. They relied much on their two draft picks and acquired young talents in Kuminga and Moody. They did not make any major signings but rather got some impactful veterans. One of them was 31 YO, Avery Bradley. Bradley made a name for himself in the league as one of the best perimeter defenders to play. Hence, he seemed like a great addition.

Oct 4, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons (1) defends Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second half at Moda Center. The Warriors won 121-107. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

However, it was only until the Warriors’ front office decided to release the star. This did not sit well with Curry and Draymond as they felt he was needed for making a deep playoff run.

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Stephen Curry upset over the release of Avery Bradley

Bradley came in as a late addition to the Warriors’ roster. He participated in the preseason but his performances weren’t a standout. Observing that, the Warriors decided to let go of the 31 YO veteran and reserve the 15th spot. However, this came with consequences as a group of players were against their decision regarding Bradley.

Notably, Curry and Green were on this group of players as well. They were not concerned about Bradley’s preseason impact and felt his real impact would be in the regular season. While the decision is official, Stephen Curry and the others felt his importance in making a deep playoff run.

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The Warriors showed some serious spark in the preseason. Curry is looking as good as ever as he comes off a 41 point night. Moreover, players like Jordan Poole and Bjelica have added serious depth to this squad. They achieved major success without Klay Thompson in their corner. Hence, making moves with the ultimate motive would make sense. However, without Bradley’s defensive abilities, it may have become tougher.

With Bradley, the Warriors can have Curry rest on the defensive side. However, with him gone, the defense has a big hole. Now, the Warriors will have to utilize Poole or Curry to defend the second perimeter player on the opposition. This could leave Curry tired and also put him in foul trouble, affecting their offense big time. Hence, Bradley’s impact would be crucial for them with the current scenario.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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