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“The guy is a freak of nature“ Steph Curry's trainer speaks out on the guard's recovery

Stephen Curry's longtime trainer Brandon Payne explains why fans don't need to worry about the guard's recent injury.
Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry and trainer Brandon Payne from Accelerate Basketball

Steph Curry working out under the watchful eye of his trainer Brandon Payne

After his collision with Celtics guard Marcus Smart last week, Stephen Curry was diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his foot. After the news broke out, there were immediate concerns about Curry’s condition, especially as we are a few weeks away from the playoffs. Curry’s trainer ended such anxieties, citing their preparation for inevitable events coupled with the two-time MVP’s athletic gifts.

No worries

Brandon Payne, Curry’s personal trainer since he was a rookie, happily shared updates about his client. Payne has gathered ample intel on how to get his top client right back to his feet after an injury.

“We talked through all the different scenarios. What ultimately came out of it was, it’s not near as bad as it could have been.

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Unfortunately, we’re kind of comfortable in this position,” Payne continued. “I know that sounds funny, but we do have a good history and a good track record for preparing quickly coming off of injury. We know what we’re doing. For that reason, we’re probably a little bit more positive than most people would be in this situation.

The moment fans and analysts saw Curry limping after his collision with Smart, they were immediately reminded of the guard’s ankle problems in the past. In the ‘11/’12 season, Curry played just 26 games due to an ankle injury requiring surgery. Since that injury, Curry has included workouts to strengthen his lower body.

Freak of nature

Amid Payne’s confidence in Curry’s recovery, there’s still one hurdle that may be much more difficult to hop on over: Curry will miss some significant time. This would be ok if it is still early in the regular season. Things are different with the playoffs getting closer and closer each day. But again, Payne expressed his belief that Curry will pull through. Contrary to popular belief, the Warriors guard is a “freak of nature.”

The conditioning part, quite frankly, that’s the least of our concerns,” Payne added. “That’s never really a problem. From a cardiovascular standpoint, the guy is a freak of nature. It’s crazy how quickly he gets re-conditioned. For us, it’s just making sure that there’s strength and full functionality within the injured area, within that foot,” Payne said.

Payne wasn’t merely hyping up his longtime client, if you think about it. Some fans and analysts have pointed out exactly how Curry became the greatest shooter in history. His smooth stroke is just one part of the equation. The second part is his constant off-ball movement — a task that requires supreme stamina.

Warriors fans better not worry about Curry or their entire team. After two seasons of missing the playoffs, the Dubs are back and better than ever. Once Curry returns to the hardcourt well and healthy, it is winning time.


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