‘Maintain that Culture’: Steph Curry Gives Away Why Staying with the Warriors Was a No-Brainer for Him

Published 08/05/2021, 12:00 AM EDT
May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) smiles after shooting a basket over Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Last year, the Warriors were moving between the ranks of eighth seed to tenth seed all around the year. All that, even with Steph Curry performing at an MVP level, pulling one big night after the other. As a result, many fans and even some analysts started making a case for Curry to leave GSW and instead join the likes of the Lakers.

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But interestingly, coach Steve Kerr or any of the GSW’s spokesperson’s never allowed any such doubt to cripple their mind. They knew it well that Steph is not a bandwagon jumper and that he was there to stay. Turns out, they were absolutely right. 

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Steph Curry revealed how changing boats was never an option

In a recent in-depth interview, Steph discussed everything from his title window, drafting rookies, and stretching to acquire big names. But one thing that stood out in his words was the commitment he shares for the Bay Area.

The 33-YO described, “It’s one of those things where you set your priority list on how you want to go about it and what’s really important. That takes some time to really identify.”

The Baby Faced Assassin has signed a whopping $215 million four-year extension with the franchise. But the narrative was different when he had earlier declined a three-year deal last year. Many NBA pundits had quickly jumped on the conclusion that the star might want to go join a better roster to win his fourth NBA title.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson embrace after the Warriors� 104 to 99 victory over the Rockets in game 5 of the WC Semifinals at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

Attacking those comments, Steph added, “for me at least, all those other kind of fantasies about playing somewhere else, whatever squad it would be with and who it would be with, kind of goes out the door knowing the culture that we built here. So it’s on me to maintain that culture.”

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What does this extension mean to the Warriors and to Curry?

The Warriors are currently a roster with two extremes. At one end, they have two rookies in Jonathan Kuminga (18) and Moses Moody (19). Plus, they also own James Wiseman (20) and Jordan Poole (22), making them an organization stacked with upcoming stars. On the other hand, they have vets in Draymond Green and Steph Curry, while other names might soon add to it.

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This means that they are a combination of ‘win-now’ and ‘rebuilding’ teams, a case that has been part of their culture for long. The Warriors have their trio in the Splash Brothers and Draymond who have never changed teams. And now, them showing faith in James Wiseman shows how they carry that flag. 

True, the Warriors are in the luxury tax bracket and the league is penalizing them for every penny spent. Also, they’ve lost their hopes to acquire Nicolas Batum & Patty Mills and chances to keep Kent Bazemore. But the trade deadline and buy-out market can further give them a chance.

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So what do you think, can Curry win another title in his next four years? Help us know in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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