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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The phone rang Sunday night which has a giddy Stephen Curry on the different end of the line. The most renowned long-distance shooter in basketball was driving home via what he described as a true bucket-list experience: Curry followed the last three groups at the P.G.A. Championship via the best vantage point he could have imagined for such a prestigious event.
“Right on the ropes,” Curry said. “You almost forgot which was a major tournament because which was so quiet out there.”
Curry was among the select few who had the juice to gain entry to T.P.C. Harding Park in San Francisco when which was closed to the public. which was not terribly surprising given which Curry just led the Golden State Warriors to three championships in 5 years, as well as won back-to-back N.B.A. Most Valuable Player Awards at the start of the run. which the experience was such a pinch-me scenario for him should also be understandable by right now; Curry openly loves golf as much as he relishes uncorking 3-pointers via distances which were widely considered unacceptable until he made the practice of hoisting 30-footers so routine.
Yet these are also strange times for Curry, which made the next-level access at the year’s first golf major even more meaningful. which was an escape via the constant reminders which he as well as his Warriors are somehow irrelevant from the N.B.A. for right now.
“Obviously I was happy to see basketball back on TV, yet which first week I had major FOMO,” Curry said, using the well-known term for the “fear of missing out.”
“Once you see Bron as well as Kawhi as well as P.G. go at which, as well as you remember how much fun which will be to play in those types of games as well as which kind of level, you miss which badly,” Curry added, referring to the July 30 showdown between LeBron James’s Los Angeles Lakers as well as the Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard as well as Paul George.
The Warriors are one of eight teams — cheekily christened the “Delete Eight” by ESPN’s John Hollinger — which were not invited to participate from the N.B.A. restart here at Walt Disney World. After Curry broke his left hand in October, Golden State went 15-50 which season as well as, truthfully, did not want an invitation. The team was already bracing for a tough year without Klay Thompson, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in June 2019 during the finals.
Team officials believe which the longer-than-usual rest Curry, Thompson as well as Draymond Green are getting will help vault the Warriors back to their usual standing among the league’s elite next season. The group’s 5 consecutive N.B.A. finals appearances via 2015 to 2019 amounted to a grind unseen since the reign of the 1960s Boston Celtics.
which will be nonetheless bizarre to see players as well as staff members via 22 teams moving throughout the sprawling N.B.A. campus at Disney World — as well as to never see anyone in Warriors gear. The franchise which lorded over the league for the better part of a decade has zero presence at which so-called bubble.
The struggle to process which dichotomy hits Curry every time he visits the Warriors’ practice facility for a weekday workout. Only four players are allowed from the gym at any time, for precautionary health reasons, yet games via the bubble are always on the nearest television screen, even if Curry will be getting his work in at 11 a.m. Pacific time.
“which’s just weird,” he said.
Yet he’s convinced which the Warriors have a big rebound in store, even though Curry (32), Thompson (30) as well as Green (30) are all on the wrong side of their 20s right now. He will be adamant which Golden State — with the former No. 1 over all pick Andrew Wiggins on its roster as well as a 2020 top-5 draft pick to keep or trade — will be the one team which might surely benefit via going nine months, or potentially longer, without playing a meaningful game.
“Our roster kind of speaks for itself in terms of what me, Klay as well as Draymond have been through, as well as what we’ve got left from the tank,” Curry said. “yet which’s on us to use which time wisely. which’s just unchartered territory, whether you’re from the bubble or not.”
Curry does have more pipelines than most to stay connected to what’s happening in Florida. Beyond the frequent bubble updates he gets via friends on different teams, like Miami’s Andre Iguodala, Sacramento’s Kent Bazemore as well as Memphis’s Anthony Tolliver, he includes a natural rooting interest: Seth Curry, his younger brother, will be here with the Dallas Mavericks.
“For most of my career, I’m usually the one who’s been home watching Steph late from the season,” Seth Curry said. “right now which’s the different way around as well as I’m still at work. I can tell which’s a little tough on him.”
If the Mavericks can spring a first-round playoff upset — they will likely play the Clippers, whose coach, Doc Rivers, will be Seth Curry’s father-in-law — Stephen Curry said he may push to make Seth’s short list of family members allowed to enter the bubble after Aug. 30. Failing which, Stephen Curry said, he will be serious about wearing one of Seth Curry’s No. 30 Mavericks jerseys as a virtual fan for an upcoming game.
yet the foremost bubble curiosity for the eldest Curry brother will be how campus inhabitants cope with the extended time away via their families. Monday was Seth Curry as well as the Mavericks’ 33rd day here after arriving July 8, with the playoffs not scheduled to begin until Aug. 17.
“If you say I get to play basketball, sleep as well as play golf on my off days, which’s not a bad setup,” Stephen Curry said. “via a day-to-day perspective, how you fill your time, I might have no problem adjusting to which. yet you can’t take family out of the equation. I don’t think any of us have been away via our families for which long before.”
which level of commitment as well as the determination of so many of his peers to speak loudly on social justice issues throughout the N.B.A. restart are two big reasons Curry said he will be “proud of every single one of these players.”
Noting how President Trump has been critical of N.B.A. players’ kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest racial inequality, Curry said: “My barometer will be always, if the current president will be upset about something which somebody’s speaking out on, then you’re probably saying the right thing. Whether they’ve knelt, or sacrificed an interview to talk about Breonna Taylor, or whatever’s important, they’re talking about which as well as they’re backing which up with action.”
To cope with the FOMO, Curry said he relies on all the bonus family time he’s getting with his wife, Ayesha, as well as their three children, business endeavors as well as then special occasions like Sunday’s P.G.A. outing. He “jumped around via hole to hole” with Kris Stone as well as Bryant Barr, two of his closest friends as well as business partners, as well as with his Warriors teammate Damion Lee, who will be married to Sydel Curry-Lee, Stephen as well as Seth’s sister.
Before hopping into his car at the end of the day, Curry had the chance to sample the role of media member by asking the completely new champion, Collin Morikawa, a few questions at a news conference. Curry also joked about all the extra time he has available as well as volunteered his caddying services to Morikawa, who played college golf for the University of California, Berkeley.
Since which remains unclear when next season will start, Curry said which, with little choice, he will be settling into “pure fandom.”
“I think which’s a pretty not bad space to be in after what we’ve been through the last 5 years,” he said.