OAKLAND, Calif. —
Curry, still only 25 years old, also has begun to quiet those who wondered whether he could evolve into an elite player after two surgeries on his right ankle sidelined him for most of the last two years. Even those who questioned whether his style would work in the pros have taken notice.
Jackson remembers broadcasting Davidson’s 79-67 loss at Duke on Jan. 7, 2009 — Curry’s final collegiate season. ESPN broadcast partner Jeff Van Gundy kept disagreeing with Jackson’s opinion that Curry would have “tremendous success” at the next level.
Jackson, in his second year as an NBA coach, said he reminds Van Gundy about that conversation “quite often.” The two even spoke about it after Golden State finished off its first-round upset of Denver in Game 6 on Thursday night.
It’s no longer uncommon for Curry to become a worldwide trend on Twitter during games, either. Asked whether a new NBA star has been born during the playoffs in Curry, Jackson just laughed.
“Those guys are just coming to the hospital,” he said. “The baby has been born already.”
Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber have talked about raising Golden State’s profile with big moves since they bought the franchise for an NBA-record $450 million in 2010. They have plans in the works for a new arena across the bay in scenic San Francisco and, although the Warriors have one of the most fervent and faithful followings in the sports saturated Bay Area market, they want the team to become more of a national name.
Curry certainly fits into that narrative.
Injuries remain a concern for Curry even now. He sprained his left ankle in Game 2 against Denver and has been somewhat hobbled ever since.
Curry said he took an injection that has “just a heavy dose of an anti-inflammatory” in his ankle after Game 3 and before Game 4 against the Nuggets for the first time in his career. He said the shot lasts for about six hours and helps ease the pain — but doesn’t completely numb it.