Stephen Curry Attacking Offensively, Validating Extension
Stephen Curry has recorded consecutive 20-point, 10-assist games for the first time in his career, and the Golden State Warriors’ message to him has been simple: Be aggressive at all times, whether it’s while playing point guard or shooting guard.
"I think it's just trying to be aggressive," Curry said. "Picking up the tempo has been a big emphasis for us. In training camp, that was a point of emphasis. But we started off kind of out of rhythm offensively.”
Coach Mark Jackson heard plenty of talk that the Warriors may have signed Curry to an extension too early, giving him a four-year, $44 million deal before the season. But as far as Jackson is concerned, Curry’s play has squashed that notion and is continuing to improve on both ends of the floor.
"Give our ownership and our front office a lot of credit because there were some people that were saying, 'We know he's a good player, but let's hold off on signing him,' " Jackson said. "We knew exactly who he was as a basketball player, person and face of this franchise. He's playing on a level that we thought he would play at. Leading his team, making plays down the stretch, defending -- it's great to see."