‘You’d Play For Steph All Day’: Warriors’ New Signing Gives Detail About Stephen Curry’s Humble Nature

Published 12/02/2020, 11:00 PM EST
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) scores a three point basket against Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) in the second quarter at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)


The 2019-20 season was a rollercoaster ride in a lot of ways. The Golden State Warriors were expected to be one of the most dominant in the league, but ended up at the bottom of the board. This had a lot to do with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson being absent almost the entire season. So what could the next season be like?

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Thompson’s return is still a huge mystery, which means Curry needs the best supporting cast. What’s better than an old friend coming to his rescue? Back in 2014, the Warriors had traded Kent Bazemore to the Lakers, after which he was bouncing from one team to another. Moreover, Curry wasn’t pleased with his teammate and friend leaving.

Ever since, the two always kept in touch and also pondered over if they will ever be teammates again. And now their dream has finally come to reality. The Warriors signed Bazemore to a one-year veteran-minimum contract of $2.3 million this offseason.

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The two must be very excited to play together after so many years. So much that Kent can’t stop praising his friend and new teammate.

What makes his bond with Stephen Curry so special?

In an interview, Kent was asked to talk about his famous friendship with Steph.“I’m always rooting for him. I’ve been one of his biggest advocates, even when I wasn’t here,” Bazemore told reporters Wednesday morning. “We always just kept in touch. It’s just something you can’t really explain. We just have a certain energy with each other. He’s like a big brother.

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“He really sets the tone for how things should be done. Being selfless as a human being. As a superstar, you could make it all about you. But he’s never been about himself. I always appreciated that about him because I like to live my life like that too — with a huge amount of humility. You’ve heard Andre Iguodala say it before — you’d play for Steph all day long.

“I just have a huge amount of respect for him,” he explained. “Battling through all the hate and still getting the job done. Two-time MVP, a three-time champion. So many accolades. I could go on all day. That’s my guy. I love him to death, and I’ve been kicking his butt in some shooting games.”

CLEVELAND, UNITED STATES – JUNE 16: LeBron James (R) of Cavaliers and Stephen Curry (L) of Warriors in action during the Game 6 of the 2015 NBA Finals between Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The Warriors are making sure that the wing position situation is taken care of in Klay’s absence. Most likely, Bazemore will be Kelly Oubre Jr. and Andrew Wiggins‘ backup next season. Let’s see if Curry and Kent’s friendship helps GSW reach greater heights or not.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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