Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says Stephen Curry’s attitude towards basketball reminds him of tennis great Roger Federer.
Curry wrote another golden chapter in his illustrious career on Friday, providing a breathtaking 43-point performance to bring the Warriors back into the NBA Finals with a series-level win over the Boston Celtics.
It’s an iconic performance that will go down in NBA history, a startling reminder of why Curry is considered the greatest player of all time.
For Kerr, Curry’s latest masterpiece brings back memories of a confrontation between the Warriors and 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer in Shanghai five years ago.
“We met Federer in China a few years ago when we were playing in Shanghai. He came and talked in our locker room, and Drymond (Green) asked him, he said, ‘How have you been doing this for 20 years?’, Kerr recalled Sunday.
“And his answer was simple, yet profound. He said, ‘I love my daily routine.’ He said, “I get up, have my kids breakfast, drop them off at school, get on the train and I come up with the right training methods to keep me in the best position at my age. I love to compete.” He said, ‘But every day at the end of the day I put my head on the pillow and think, what a wonderful day.’
“So when I think of that story of Roger Federer, I think of Stef a lot. Encouragement for a very, very similar life and just joy for the process. “
Curry, 34, will return home for five games on Monday to try to help Golden State take a 3-2 advantage in the seven-match series.
‘Like a Metronome’
Curry’s performance so far in the series has left him the first-runner of the Golden State for the NBA Finals MVP Award, a compliment that will fill a few holes in his CV.
Although Curry’s remarkable fitness enabled him to rise to the top during the finals, Kerry was not surprised that the experienced man was in an early physical condition.
“His routine, it’s like a metronome. Every day, it’s exactly the same thing. She’s in the training room, she’s in the weight room, she’s on the court. It’s clockwise, “said Kerr.
“But there is also a feeling of joy and strength in that work.
“I think it’s something that holds all the great athletes together, talking about superstar athletes, Roger Federer of the world, Steve Caris of the world. There is a routine that is not only super-disciplined but it is enjoyed every day.
“There’s an emotion that comes with it and that’s what keeps it going over time. When you love something like those guys, you work on it, you get better and you just keep going.
Curry, meanwhile, simply says that her form is down to her appetite for hard work.
“I love working,” he told reporters on Sunday. “You get lost in your sessions on practice, in the weight class, on the court wherever you are, because you know it will get you ready for those games as much as possible.
“Try to have as much fun as possible. The days when you want to get up and work, the days when you don’t, the days when you are tired, all kinds of things.
“But it has been based on my approach since my inception and I try to carry it every year as long as I can.
“Win, Aaron, whatever it is, no matter how you play, you have to come back well to sharpen the toolkit and find ways to improve your game. The hardest part of what we do is crush the year-round preparation that seems to be great at this level. ”
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