It provided some respite for the Golden State Warriors fans amidst a dismal season when coach Steve Kerr said that Stephen Curry will make a return at some point during the course of the season.
Curry suffered a hand injury in October, taking the Warriors’ season from bad to worse. While Kerr had earlier talked about Curry returning this season, many began to believe it is not worth it. 55 games into the season, the Warriors have the worst record in the league with just 12 wins. Many thought the Warriors might not risk bringing in Curry for the season which is a foregone conclusion.
However, the Warriors side has gone through quite a few changes and Kerr believed that it is important for Curry to get acclimatized to the new surroundings. Curry no longer has the likes of Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant in support. Golden State’s most recent signing Andrew Wiggins also has to play with Curry.
“It’s important for Steph and Andrew to get to know each other and to play together,” Kerr said on Tuesday after the team’s practice session at Chase Center. “It’s important for Steph to play without all of the guys we’ve lost who are not going to be back next year: Kevin (Durant) and Andre (Iguodala) and Shaun (Livingston). Steph in many ways has depended on those guys as sort of a giant security blanket.
“For a guy who is so skilled and talented, this has still been a team effort over the years. And he’s been blessed with some of the smartest players and most talented players in the league…”
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Kerr not going to hold Stephen Curry back but Klay Thompson will have to wait
Kerr believed that at least the fans deserve to catch a glimpse of their star man on the court.
“He’s perfectly healthy,” Kerr said. “If the point is he might get hurt, what’s the point of ever playing anybody? I guess the argument is we’re not making the playoffs. So, are we not trying to entertain our fans?”
On the other hand, another injured Warriors player, Klay Thompson, might not feature again this season. Thompson suffered an ACL injury in the preseason and does not seem like he will return again this season.
“Steph had surgery on his [hand], it’s basically healed,” Kerr said. “He’s right on the cusp [of returning]. Klay had an ACL [injury]. It’s a totally different conversation. I think there’s a big distinction there.”