Steph Curry's rise to NBA superstar did not happen overnight. He had to overcome a lot - from poor draft reports to major ankle injuries. Becoming the generational player, we know him as today was far from a sure thing - people didn't predict he would be dropping 50 on teams. Former teammate Marreese Speights reveals he is not surprised at Curry's career trajectory, and he shared why.
Steph Curry sets the tone in practice
Curry had been doubted even before entering the NBA. The scouting reports claimed he was not built for the league. Suffering from ankle injuries in the first two years in the pros did not help his case either. Fortunately, Steph was able to bounce back and develop his body and game more suited to the NBA.
At that time, Monta Ellis was still the star in Golden State. After Steph demonstrated his potential, the front office decided to give him the keys to the franchise. Since then, the Warriors went as far as Curry could take them. With Klay Thompson and Draymond Green making up the team's core, GSW has won three NBA titles.
Now, with Steph on the verge of becoming the NBA leader in the 3-point list and breaking more records along the way, ex-Warrior Speights admitted he was not surprised at how good his former teammate has been. He shared the details in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio.
“Just for me the biggest thing about him being so good and why he's so successful is that he goes hard in practice. He goes hard in individual workouts when somebody guarding him full court.
He basically go hard after practice... The work ethic he has, it's like a robot. He knows what he's gonna do, and that's why nobody surprised about his success who been in that program. They see how hard he works, they see how he takes care of his body.”
Marreese Speights, Sirius XM NBA Radio
Curry is respected as a leader because he walks the talk. Even though he has already accomplished so much in his career, Steph still shows up and puts in the hard work in practice. In the offseason, he still manages to improve his game by adding one or two new moves. When teammates see this, they can't help but follow their MVP's lead.
Steph Curry's brand of leadership
What's the secret behind making it work and creating beautiful music on the court with a roster is full of superstars and veterans who take pride in what they do? For Speights, it's because Curry sets the standard for everyone to follow.
Green is a known vocal leader, and not every player who suited up for Golden State could stand him. Just ask Kevin Durant. Green and Curry's brand of leadership may be opposite to each other, but it has been effective, as seen how well the Warriors are playing as of late. The team sits atop the stacked Western Conference standings with a 9-1 record. What's scarier is that they are doing it without Klay Thompson, who will make his return soon.
The Warriors will go as far as Curry will take them. The fans are blessed they have Steph leading and showing the right way.