Steph Curry Reveals He Wants to Play Into His 40s Like NFL Legend Tom Brady

Published 02/09/2021, 2:12 AM EST
Jan 20, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) brings the ball down the court against the San Antonio Spurs during the second quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports


Steph Curry and the Warriors have been experiencing a turbulent season so far. The Warriors have been inconsistent at best, with their team in a transition period at the moment. Curry has led the Warriors to a 12-12 record so far, but the team is looking doubtful for the playoffs despite the two-time MVP’s heroics.

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Steph Curry wants to play past 40

Curry spoke to the Huddle and Flow podcast recently, where he shared this desire to prolong his NBA career. Much of the inspiration comes from his father and former NBA player Dell Curry.

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Dell played in the NBA for 16 years, and now, his son wants to follow in his footsteps. Despite turning 33 this year, Curry feels great and thinks he can play for a long time.

Feb 4, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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He said“My pops was always the barometer for me. He played 16 years until he was 38. I got to see how his body changed over the years, especially those last six — all the work that went into getting ready for a season. I’m about to be 33 next month, feel really, really good — fresh, able to still do everything I want to do on the court.

Curry taking inspiration from Brady

Steph Curry noted that he would like to play until the age of 40. While that can be a challenge for athletes, he pointed to the example of NFL legend Tom Brady, who has found great success in his 40s. Curry’s primary goal is to take care of his body and adapt his game accordingly, and this would help him keep going for a few more years.

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

“If I could get to like pushing 40 and still be impactful on the court, I feel like that’s a win. Straight up and down you can’t hide anywhere when you’re out there. Maybe a little bit of a different conversation, but to Tom’s point, just getting your body where you go out on your own terms is the goal. However long or however many years that is. Pushing 40 would be amazing.”

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Can Steph Curry play into his 40s? He’s one of the many NBA players whose game is not reliant on athleticism, but rather on skill.

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A lot of players tend to adapt to their strengths and switch their game to extend their careers. It is very likely that Steph can adjust his game in order to achieve his goal of playing into his 40s.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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